West Perthshire Study Day – part II
Join our Tayside and East Fife Group for an outing to Gleneagles House,
Innerperffray Library & Colquhalzie!
Venue: Meet at Gleneagles House, near Auchterarder PH3 1PJ
Time: 11.00 – 15.30
Cost: £15 (bring own picnic)
This study day will be led by Adam Swan and will include visits to Gleneagles House and Chapel, Innerperffray Library, Church, School and Castle) and Colquhalzie.
Gleneagles House is fascinating and has a complicated history. The original 17th century house remains as the east-part of the present elongated house. In 1750 it was proposed to build a new Palladian mansion and a pair of flanking pavilions was built but the main block was not. The east pavilion and original house were extended, altered and heightened to form the current house and are linked by a wooden veranda to the west pavilion. In 2001 Hurd Rolland added a pavilion roofed conservatory. Nearby is the early 16th century chapel, restored by Reginald Fairlie 1925-26 and reroofed 1995. The ruin of the late 15th century Gleneagles Castle is to the north of the chapel.
Innerpeffray belonged to the Drummond family, the Lords Maddertie. A chapel was here by 1365, became Collegiate Church in 1508 – remarkable surviving interior. The Church loft originally housed the first free lending library in Scotland in 1680; the unique library building adjacent built in 1758. The school was endowed by Lord Maddertie in the 1600s, the current school and schoolhouse building is c.1845 and has recently been refurbished and given an appropriate extension. The roofless castle is mid 1400s, remodelled 1610 by the 1st Lord Maddertie.
Colquhalzie is an incredibly charming small classical country house, dating from 1729, set in substantial grounds near the River Earn. Wings were added in 1826 (by William Stirling of Dunblane) and 1929 (by Stewart & Paterson). To the west is the classical stable block of 1837, incorporating earlier work of 1697.
Visit based on using own cars.
Gleneagles House by Tom Parnell | CC BY-SA 2.0