Although many new houses were constructed in a broadly classical style, others were inspired by the Scottish tradition of castellated architecture. In this talk, Emma Baillie will present her research into the history of three prominent Scottish country houses – Blair Castle, Inveraray (Inverer-rey) Castle and Yester House – and how each was transformed during the 18th century. She will also place these houses in the context of their surroundings, discussing how the history of their local churches bears witness to the historic removal of adjoining villages.
Emma Baillie holds an MA degree in Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors. She has previously worked at a variety of historic properties and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Edinburgh, researching the architecture and interiors of 18th century Scottish Country Houses. Emma also works as a freelance writer and a historic researcher for the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust.