Basic Site Details

Name: Broomhall
Town, district or village: Limekilns, Dunfermline
City or county: Fife
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Check for reference for Thomson & Wilson work.

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 111702 Build/constructionOriginal house
Item 2 of 1117961799Build/construction 
Item 3 of 1118081810Plans drawn upDesigns for the new wings (not executed)
Item 4 of 111808 Design exhibitedPorden design for new north front - claims that is was 'now building' but it was not execute das Lord Elgin was not satisfied with the design.
Item 5 of 111808 Build/constructionDesigns for friezes etx in State Rooms. Also unextecuted designs for Greek Revival portico.
Item 6 of 111827  Plans provided for ideas for alterations
Item 7 of 1118271829Design exhibitedDeisgn by Gandy drawn and exhinited at RA. Not executed.
Item 8 of 1118651866 Portico and internal alterations
Item 9 of 111890  Alterations
Item 10 of 111912  Additions
Item 11 of 111921  Survey executed


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 15(Sir) William Bruce ArchitectD1702 Possibly (see James Ramsay of Ochtertyre reference)
Item 2 of 15Thomas HarrisonArchitectE17961799North front left unfinished until 1865-9 when existing porch added.
Item 3 of 15(Sir) Robert SmirkeArchitect 18081810Produced designs for the new wings (not executed)
Item 4 of 15William StarkArchitectC1808 Designed friezes etc in State Rooms. Also unexecuted designs for Greek Revival portico etc.
Item 5 of 15William PordenArchitect c. 1808 Proposed north front exhibited at Royal Academy 1808. For 7th Earl of Elgin. Not executed
Item 6 of 15John Buonarotti PapworthArchitect 1827 Plans provided for ideas for alterations
Item 7 of 15John Gandy afterwards John Gandy DeeringArchitectFc. 1827 Design drawn up - not executed.
Item 8 of 15C H Wilson & D ThomsonArchitectural practice 18651866portico on north front
Item 9 of 15C H Wilson & D ThomsonArchitectural practiceA18651866Portico and internal alterations
Item 10 of 15Charles Heath WilsonArchitectA18651866Portico and internal alterations
Item 11 of 15David ThomsonArchitectA18651866Portico and internal alterations
Item 12 of 15(Sir) Robert Rowand AndersonArchitectB1890 Alterations
Item 13 of 15Wardrop & AndersonArchitectural practiceB1890 Alterations
Item 14 of 15Francis William DeasArchitect 1912 Additions
Item 15 of 15Frank Edward Belcombe BlancArchitect 1921 Survey executed


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2Elgin, 7th EarlClient for William Porden scheme
Item 2 of 2Elgin, Earl ofFor all phases of work (several different Earls)


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 5Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 2 of 5Farington, Joseph Diary  23 July 1808
Item 3 of 5Gifford, John1988Fife (The Buildings of Scotland)  p103-4
Item 4 of 5Pride, Glen L1999The Kingdom of Fife2nd EditionThe Rutland Pressp33
Item 5 of 5Ramsay, James, of Ochtertyre1888Scotland and Scotsmen  volume ii, p95n

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Country Life29 January 1970  Article by J M Crook

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Broomhall, FifeBroomhall drawings Including drawing by Gandy.
Item 2 of 4DMW ArchiveFrancis Deas Notes by Simon Green  
Item 3 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDrawings Collection Copy made of survey drawings by Blanc (1921). Copied 1998. Acc No 1998/147
Item 4 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSWeddell and Thomson Archive Summary Material (Handlists, Job lists etc) Thomson's job list for Thomson & Wilson work (listed as by Thomson alone)