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Take a journey through time at Bowhill House

Thursday, 18 May 2017

To celebrate the rich history of Bowhill House, a series of talks has been organised to take visitors on a fascinating journey through time.

The five-part series of talks will take place in Bowhill’s Theatre – once a game larder and now an intimate setting for an array of theatrical performances.

Held to mark VisitScotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, they will reveal the Buccleuch family’s fascinating history, discuss the treasures of each House, and explore the architectural heritage of Bowhill up close.

The first talk, titled ‘From Reiving to Dukedom: The rise of Buccleuch’ will take place on Friday 19 May from 2pm. House guide Malcolm Morrison will tell the tale of the Scott family  which spans hundreds of years and depicts how they became such a great noble family.

The series will continue at 2pm on the first Friday of each month until the end of open season in September.

Helen Currie, House and Events Manager at Bowhill, said: “Bowhill has a wealth of stories to share on its rich history and so many treasures to uncover. Our House guides will lead each talk and take our guests on a tour which will really bring the stories to life.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors to uncover a little piece of the past here at Bowhill.”

Tickets are priced £6 and includes a cream tea. Booking is essential and can be made by calling 01750 22205 or emailing info@bowhillhouse.co.uk.

Full details of all performances taking place at Bowhill Theatre and the heritage talks series can be found at www.bowhillhouse.co.uk/events

Visit www.bowhillhouse.co.uk for further information on Bowhill House and Country Estate or keep track of what’s happening via the Facebook page and Instagram @BowhillHouse.




Notes to editors – Heritage Talks schedule

From Reiving to Dukedom – 2pm Friday 19 May

A story spanning 350 years of turbulent history. Explore how the Scott family used skill and might to achieve prominence and become a great noble family.


Buccleuch to the Block: The Tale of James, Duke of Monmouth – 2pm Friday 2 June

Join House Guide Norman Bowman for this fascinating talk ‘From cradle to execution’, the story of the great Royal rebel told through the collections at Bowhill.


Three Houses – 2pm Friday 7 July

Head of Collections Scott MacDonald will introduce the Duke of Buccleuch’s three stunning properties of Bowhill, Boughton and nearby Drumlanrig Castle and provide an insight into the treasures these houses hold.


100 Years of Bowhill – 2pm Friday 4 August

House Guide Adam Borwick will tell the tale of the 4th and 5th Dukes which was an exciting time for Bowhill. This is the story of the two men who shaped the House and title, making a great impression in the Borders and beyond, whose legacy is still with us today.


Beautiful Bowhill – 2pm Friday 1 September   

A walk around the architectural heritage of Bowhill with House Guide Walter Bateman. This tour will highlight the developments and changes to the house in the late Georgian and Victorian periods.