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Auchinleck Estate, Boswell's Summerhouse or "D" Cave

A Category B Listed Building in Auchinleck, East Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.4797 / 55°28'46"N

Longitude: -4.3609 / 4°21'39"W

OS Eastings: 250892

OS Northings: 623183

OS Grid: NS508231

Mapcode National: GBR 3M.WZQ9

Mapcode Global: WH3QY.ZJKK

Entry Name: Auchinleck Estate, Boswell's Summerhouse or "D" Cave

Listing Date: 31 January 1992

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 338026

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB6440

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Auchinleck

County: East Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Cumnock and New Cumnock

Parish: Auchinleck

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Description

Circa 1760. A picturesque manmade grotte, possibly enlarging a natural cave, hewn from the red sandstone E bank of the Dippol Gorge, to the E of Auchinleck House. Roughly made doorway chamfered to pointed arches with similarly treated windows on each side. Inside approximately 15'7" wide, 11' high, with moulded cornice at height of 7'6" and coffered ceiling.

Statement of Interest

Reputedly visited by Samuel Johnson on 4 November 1773, who was informed by his host, Lord Auchinleck that the grotto cost less to make than an ordinary room of similar size (Hoyle). Johnson visited Auchinleck on his tour of Scotland in company with Lord Auchinleck's eldest son, James Boswell, who was Johnson's travelling companion.

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