Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Luscar House


‘June 19--…Off we set at half-past eight o'clock, Lord Chief Commissioner being left at home
owing to a cold. We breakfasted at Luscar, a place belonging to Adam Rolland, but the gout
had arrested him at Edinburgh, so we were hospitably received by his family…’
 
Walter Scott enjoyed his visit to Luscar House on June 19th, 1830.  More on Luscar is found
in “Romantic Culross, Torryburn, Carnock, Cairneyhill, Saline, and Pitfarrine”, by
Andrew Cunningham.
 
‘…A daughter of the Rev. Dr Erskine of Greyfriars married Mr James Stewart of Dunearn, and the estate of Carnock passed to their son. The property and the estate of Luscar ultimately fell into the hands of Mr Hutchison, Kirkcaldy, and he in turn sold the properties in 1864 to Mr Alexander Hastie, M.P. for Glasgow. Mr Hastie's purchase included the farms of Carnock Mill, Loanhead, Easter and Wester Camps, Newbigging, Easter and Wester Bonhard, and Carneil. He died in 1864. The properties were held by the trustees until after the death of Mrs Hastie, when they were purchased by the late Mr Alexander Mitchell of Alloa. Mr Mitchell, who took possession in 1890, died in 1893, and was succeeded by his son, Mr Alexander Mitchell. The adjoining estate of Clune was recently purchased by Mr Mitchell. The present mansion-house of Luscar was built in 1840 by Mr Adam Holland of Gask, and was considerably enlarged by the father of the present proprietor. When Sir Walter Scott visited Loehore in June 1830 he spent some time at Luscar. In his Journal he says :—" We breakfasted at Luscar, a place belonging


to Adam Rolland, but the gout had arrested him in Edinburgh, so we were hospitably received by his family. At Luscar I saw, with pleasure, the painting by Raeburn of my old friend, Adam Rolland, Esq., who was, in the external circumstances, but not in frolic or fancy, my prototype for Paul Plydell." The Pitdinnies belong to Mr Lawrence Dalgleish of Keavil and Dalbeath…’

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