Dalswinton House, Dumfries


Dalswinton House

Dalswinton House, Dalswinton, Dumfries, Scotland was the Ranken Family country home from around 1899 to 1919 and was rented from the Macalpine-Leny Family.

This large, plain classical mansion was commissioned by Patrick Miller (1731-1815) sometime after 1785 when he bought the Dalswinton Estate. Miller, a banker, entrepreneur and inventor, was a friend and landlord of the poet Robert Burns whose Ellisland Farm was on the Dalswinton Estate. The man-made Dalswinton Loch, situated close to the house, saw the launching of the world’s first steamboat in 1788. In 1919 the Estate was purchased by Mr David Landale who had made his fortune with Jardine Matheson in Hong Kong. It remains in the ownership of the Landale Family today.

Dalswinton was an important source of inspiration for many of William Ranken’s early paintings and they reflect his great affection for the house and its beautiful surrounding countryside.

Water-lilies dated 1910

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