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Dumfries House

By RonnieAG
A party of pensioners heads back to it's coach after a photo call on the steps to Dumfries House.
Dumfries House lies in E. Ayrshire west of Cumnock: it is a Palladian Georgian manor, built between 1754 and 1759 by the Adam brothers for the 5th. Earl of Dumfries. The family later acquired the title of Marquess of Bute, and the 7th. Marquess of Bute (perhaps better known as Johnny Dumfries, the formula one racing driver) decided to sell Dumfries House, retaining his main home of Mount Stuart House on Bute. The National Trust for Scotland did not manage to acquire the property and at the last moment, as contents were being loaded on lorries for transfer to Sotheby's), HRH Prince Charles heard of the situation and under his title of Great Steward of Scotland he headed a consortium of charities and heritage bodies to buy the house, contents and estate in order to keep a historical jewel intact and accessible to the public. The house and it's rooms have remained unchanged for 250 years and contain a large selection of early Chippendale furniture.
If you are ever in the area, it is certainly worth a visit.


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NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
10 May 2013 11:55AM
The place looks beautiful and inviting........GrinGrinGrin

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jdinne 15 16 England
10 May 2013 12:07PM
Wonderfully composed Ronnie and a great narrative to acompany.

10 May 2013 12:08PM
An excellent, well composed image of this beautiful house, Ronnie!
And a very interesting description, too!
Didn't the Earl(s) of Bute have something to do with coal mining and the docks in Cardiff?
I could be wrong!

geffers7 Plus
7 51 1 United Kingdom
10 May 2013 12:29PM
Beautiful house Ronnie and very nicely captured.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
10 May 2013 12:30PM
You are quite right, Richard: if you Google Marquess of Bute you'll find some interesting facts about the family's interests historically.
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
10 May 2013 1:03PM
What an interesting history attached to this lovely place Ronnie !! Excellent photo too Smile
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
10 May 2013 1:08PM
Excellent write up and capture Ronnie, the Marquess of Bute also owned two castles Cardiff Castle and Castle Coch (Red Castle) the last one has been used for many films such as the black night with Alan Ladd.

Kindest regards

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
10 May 2013 1:12PM
Bright, sharp and well composed, Ronnie. The grass 'lines' give a good lead in to the door and the splashes of red make a good contrast to the blues.

I looked at this house and saw Pollok House, the brain sees what it expects to see Ronnie. that's not to say that you always go to Pollok House.
We have a great array of grand houses across Scotland, not all built on good honest cash either.

Hope you enjoy what ever you're gettig up to Ronnie.

Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
10 May 2013 2:12PM
A well captured image. Shows the house well Ronnie. ......Sandy
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 152 16 United Kingdom
10 May 2013 2:19PM
A nice image Ronnie, well capturedSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

10 May 2013 2:33PM
Beautiful image Ronnie and great description - you should work for the tourist board Wink SmileSmile
saltireblue Plus
8 7.9k 33 Norway
10 May 2013 2:48PM
I thought perhaps they were the staff evacuated during a fire drill, Ronnie.Grin
That gardener needs taking to task, the lines are not straight from one side of the shingel flower bed to the other...they go off at an angle!

gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
10 May 2013 3:44PM
A lovely shot of this wonderful house and a good write up too. - gary
10 May 2013 4:05PM
Looks a beautiful place Ronnie, like the composition,
cabbie Plus
11 31 United Kingdom
10 May 2013 4:08PM
Top marks again Ronnie well captured

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
10 May 2013 4:16PM
Looks and sounds a great place to visit, Ronnie...and what lovely blue skies too! Wink
Trev Smile
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
10 May 2013 4:24PM
Excellent composition and colour, Ronnie.

Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
10 May 2013 4:27PM
Excellent write-up Ronnie - matching a totally beautiful historic house. Smile

10 May 2013 5:15PM
fine capture Ronnie bright clean and sharp across the whole frame I believe it is well worth going to see

tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
10 May 2013 5:22PM
A very interesting write up Ronnie

Good old Charlie

Good comp Ronnie and the colours work well Dave is right the way the lawn was cut takes the eye into the shot, well spotted and presented.
10 May 2013 6:02PM
A smashing image and interesting write up Ronnie.

John Smile
xwang 9 56 8
10 May 2013 6:04PM
How beautiful.. I have been there.Smile
10 May 2013 6:57PM
A magnificent old house, great light for the occasion. So interesting to hear it's history, a little more Scottish history I didn't know Ronnie!
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
10 May 2013 6:59PM
Is that Rent-A-Crowd?
Since joining the National Trust, I'm really getting into historic houses, or maybe it's just my age - should have joined the group here.
10 May 2013 7:24PM
Excellent work Ronnie Smile
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
10 May 2013 7:37PM
It's looks wonderful and hope all had a good time.
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
10 May 2013 7:38PM
Lovely light and comosition Ronnie.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
10 May 2013 9:09PM
Nice one--- I am having a too busy day--- just looking in and voting!
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
10 May 2013 9:29PM
Well taken image of this lovely property.
I knew Prince Charles had a connection to it but didn't know the whole story.
The colourful group adds a bit of life to the image.
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
10 May 2013 10:38PM
Really like the burst of colours the pensioners are adding to this image.

cbrundage 5 4 United States
11 May 2013 3:17AM
Hi, Ronnie,
I've missed your gorgeous flowers all the time I've been on Red Bubble. I rejoined just to see what my friend Dave is posting and also to visit some of my old friends' gorgeous photos like this one.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
13 May 2013 11:54PM
A fine view of this historic house and grounds Ronnie. The coachload of pensioners add some colour, when I saw them gathered together I thought it was an epz meet!Wink

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