Basic Site Details

Name: Archerfield
City or county: East Lothian
Country: Scotland
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Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Country House  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 517451746Alterations and additionsUnspecified work on house
Item 2 of 51747 AdditionDate of contract for addition, probably on the north side and two pavilions.
Item 3 of 517901791ReconstructionRemodelling of interior. 'Scottish Buildings' suggests that repairs and additions went on from 1789 to 1795.
Item 4 of 51923 Alteration/conversionAlterations
Item 5 of 51962 * Alteration/conversionAdam interiors stripped, house made over into a grain store. Porch removed and opening made for machinery.

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 6John DouglasArchitectB17451746Work on house
Item 2 of 6John DouglasArchitectC1747 Date of contract for addition, probably on the north side and two pavilions (2360).
Item 3 of 6James AdamArchitectA17901791Remodelling of interior
Item 4 of 6R & J AdamArchitectural practiceA17901791Remodelling of interior
Item 5 of 6Robert AdamArchitectA17901791Remodelling of interior
Item 6 of 6Francis William DeasArchitect 1923 Alterations


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2Nisbet, WilliamClient for Robert Adam work
Item 2 of 2Nisbet, William of Dirleton 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 2 of 3McWilliam, Colin1978Lothian (The Buildings of Scotland)  pp 56, 78-79
Item 3 of 3Who's Who in Architecture1923    

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4DMW ArchiveFrancis Deas Notes by Simon Green  
Item 2 of 4National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Gifts and depositsGD 6/1644Accounts
Item 3 of 4National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Gifts and depositsGD 6/1594 p22. Account for 1741-9
Item 4 of 4RCAHMSJohn Douglas Collection Contract in this collection dated June 1747.