Lauriston Castle – Edinburgh, Scotland-Part 2

Back in May, I took you guys on a photo tour of the spectacularly beautiful grounds at Lauriston Castle. I want to revisit Lauriston with you today. Only this time, we are going to explore the beautiful Edwardian interior, decorated and designed by the Lauriston’s final owners, Mr. William Robert Reid, his wife Mrs. Margaret Johnstone Reid, and Mrs. Reid’s brother, Mr. William Barton.

Front facing view of Lauriston Castle.

Mr. C and I visited Lauriston for the second time in March 2017. It is one of our favorites, so no trip to Edinburgh will now ever be complete without paying a visit to this lovely place. We were thrilled to be able to take a guided tour of several of the castle’s main rooms. Our docent was excellent and was a wealth of knowledge of the castle’s history, from the first construction in the sixteenth century until the passing of Mrs. Reid in 1926. I think that if I lived in Edinburgh, I would want that job!

To recap a little of Lauriston’s history…

Lauriston’s tower house was built by Sir Archibald Napier sometime around 1593 and the pretty Jacobean-style extension was added in 1827.  Over the centuries, the castle passed through numerous hands until it came into the possession of its final owners – William and Margaret Reid. The Reids acquired the property in 1902 and lived there until Mrs. Reid’s death in 1926.  Because the couple had no children, they left the castle to the city of Edinburgh under the condition that it be preserved unchanged.  And so the promise was kept.  The remarkable Edwardian interior, filled to the brim with their fine furniture and artwork, is now a museum maintained by the city.  For a nominal fee, you can take a guided tour of this home (uh, castle) which remains exactly as it was at the time of the Reids.  The manicured grounds, which boast a view of the sea and a stunning Japanese garden are a real bargain – free!  Lauriston truly is a gem in Edinburgh. –from my previous post on Lauriston Castle

Well, are you ready to step inside and see what a 425-year-old castle clothed in 100-year-old decor looks like?  Great.  Follow me, friends.

The main castle doors and a grand staircase at Lauriston Castle.
Enter through the castle’s main doors and take The Grand Staircase up to The Reception Hall.
Lauriston Castle reception hall with red walls, a chandelier, paintings, and a marble table.
The Reception Hall, containing numerous artifacts as well as a gorgeous “table top, dating from about 1590, and made in a technique known as ‘pietra dura’ in which marble and semi precious stones are cut and fitted into a slab of marble to create complex and beautiful patterns”.
An ornate marble table from the 1500's.
An antique clock and two ornate candlesticks on a marble topped table.
Oh my!  Could it be Cogsworth and Lumiere?
A blue sitting room at Lauriston Castle.
The Oak Room in the original section of the castle, dating to the late 1500s.
The original portion of Lauriston Castle.
The original castle, circa 1593.  Location of The Oak Room.
A blue sitting room with a fireplace and antiques.
The Oak Room
A blue wall with antique black and white photos.
A red bedroom at Lauriston Castle.
Mrs. Reid’s Bedroom
An antique French commode.
A French commode, made in the 1780s.
A red sitting room full of antique furniture at Lauriston Castle.
The Sitting Room
A desk sitting in front of a large window with views of the Firth of Forth.
The Sitting Room which overlooks the Firth of Forth – oh that view!
A red sitting room full of antique furniture at Lauriston Castle.
The Drawing Room
A desk in front of large windows.
The Drawing Room
A carved white ceiling and a chandelier.
Ornate ceiling carvings.
A brown cabinet with antique fans and figurines.
One of many collections throughout the castle.
A collection of antiques inside a brown table with a glass top.
One of Mr. Reid’s many collections.

“As well as the many thousands of items collected by the Castle’s last owners, you can also see some of their more personal belongings. There are all manner of details which give insight into the lives of the people who lived at Lauriston in the early 20th century – from Mrs. Reid’s piano and music in the Drawing Room, a newspaper in the Sitting room reporting the sinking of the Titanic, a 1920’s telephone in Mr. Reid’s Study, and Mrs. Reid’s walking stick with her name attached on a silver plaque by the castle doorway.”  ∼

A large circular table in the dining room at Lauriston Castle.
Dining in Edwardian style.
A tapestry.
One of several tapestries in The Dining Room.
A red and blue library full of antique books at Lauriston Castle.
The Library
A decorative wood ceiling.
The Library
A stained glass window and a candlestick.
Stained glass windows.

Oh, reader, I have so many more photos I wish I could share with you! I will be kind, though, and leave it at these. I do hope you enjoyed this look into what life was like for the well-to-do Scottish Edwardian class. I would love to hear your impressions.

As always, thank you so much for joining me today.  Have a terrific week, and I’ll see you next time.



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