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Drumlanrig Castle. Photographic Views of Dumfries and Neighbourhood, Kings Arms Hotel

19th Century

Drumlanrig Castle is a unique example of late 17th century Renaissance architecture.  It was built by William Douglas, the 1st Duke of Queensberry on the site of an ancient stronghold of the Douglases.  Only the cellars remain of the original 14th century castle.  Robert Mylne, the King's Master Mason, and his son-in-law James Smith are credited as the architects of the castle as it is today.  The castle is built of pink sandstone and forms a hollow square, and has as many windows as there are days in the year.


Drumlanrig Castle houses one of the finest private art collections in the UK.  Built up by the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, it includes works by Rembrandt, Holbein and Gainsborough.  In August 2003 a Leonardo da Vinci painting, "Madonna with the Yarnwinder" was stolen from the castle.  Its whereabouts remain unknown.


These sepia photographs of Drumlanrig Castle are from an album presented to the Kings Arms Hotel by a few local businesses in Dumfries and Maxwelltown.  The businesses placed advertisements in the album.

width 200mm, height 131mm; width 197, height 134mm
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:2006.3.3.5; DUMFM:2006.3.3.26
Digital Number:
DMPG046n ; DMPG067n
Creation Date:
1 January 1889
Dumfries & Galloway Council

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