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Millearne, Formal Terrace Garden, Walled Gardens and Font

A Category B Listed Building in Trinity Gask, Perth and Kinross

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.3331 / 56°19'59"N

Longitude: -3.7355 / 3°44'7"W

OS Eastings: 292796

OS Northings: 716987

OS Grid: NN927169

Mapcode National: GBR 1M.4SX5

Mapcode Global: WH5PG.L2FT

Entry Name: Millearne, Formal Terrace Garden, Walled Gardens and Font

Listing Date: 9 June 1981

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 351730

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB17765

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Trinity Gask

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathearn

Parish: Trinity Gask

Traditional County: Perthshire

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Description

Earlier 19th century. Outstanding survival of exceptional terraced garden formerly fronting Millearne House, small walled garden also terraced, large brick walled garden and font. All Gothic-detailed with fine carvings, piers and gateways.

FORMAL TERRACED GARDEN: sited to E of small walled garden and to W of New Millearne House. N wall with 1828 datestone, armorial panel and base of monumental polygonal 'turret' (possibly part of original house) overlooks site of former Millearne House (now lawn) and coped ashlar terrace wall with elegant carved piers crowned with lion and hunting dog flanking flight of steps. Tudor Gothic gatepiers and timber gates to E. Battlemented walls to E and W.

SMALL WALLED GARDEN: sited between formal terraced garden and large walled garden. High snecked rubble N wall with potting sheds to N elevation and Gothic recesses to S elevation, Gothic gateway in link to large walled garden at W, curved approach wall and lower wall at E. Top terrace with large rectangular-plan pond, terrace wall with centre steps and carved piers at each level, wall punctuated with urns and carved piers with armorial panels.

LARGE WALLED GARDEN: sited to W of small walled garden. Rectangular-plan walled garden dated 1840; high ashlar-coped brick in English garden bond with stone quoins. Ashlar Tudor gateway at centre S carved with pair of shields bearing coats of arms of John George Home Drummond of Millearne and Mary Bothwell Drummond, his wife.

FONT: sited to S of large walled garden Tudor gateway. Probably 1840, possibly designed as sundial. Carved tracery panels to octagonal plinth supporting richly sculptured bowl with alternating Home Drummond coats of arms and stylised foliage.

Statement of Interest

B group with Stable Block, South Gate, Ice House and Monument.

The Walled and Formal Gardens at Millearne are key components of the estate and make a significant contribution to the surviving buildings, forming an important group with the Stable Block and Ice House, Monument and South Gate. The Tudor Gothic elements reflect the estate style and the former Millearne House (begun 1821) which was probably by R & R Dickson together with John George Home Drummond. Scotland was slow to adopt the new Tudor Gothic style with few earlier examples than Millearne.

Sited to the west of the large Walled Garden is a substantial Tudoresque Gardener's House. This building was provided to accommodate an expert gardener and may date from 1840 when the western Walled Garden was built to commemorate a family wedding.

Formerly listed as Millearne, Walled Garden. List description revised, formal terraced garden and small walled garden added, font (previously separately listed) incorporated and category changed from C(S) to B (2009).

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