History of Inchyra Estate
Marry beside Grade A listed Regency splendour
Inchyra House was built in 1795 for an Edinburgh lawyer, James Anderson. Its architect, James Gillespie Graham, also designed the impressive Royal Bank of Scotland head office in St Andrew’s Square, Edinburgh. Graham was a follower of the renowned architect Robert Adam and several of Inchyra’s distinguishing features are reminiscent of Adam’s iconic style. Anderson marked his success by commissioning the famous artist Raeburn to paint portraits of himself and his wife; the paintings were valued at over £20,000 in the 1920s, but sadly their whereabouts is unknown today. The first chapter of Inchyra’s history belongs, therefore, to the Andersons. Over subsequent decades it passed through three or four families until, in the 1950s it was purchased by Sir Frederick and Lady Hoyer Millar, later to become the first Lord & Lady Inchyra, for their retirement.
Points of interest on your journey to the Bridal Day Room
- Adams-style fanlight window above the front door - and the absence of a keyhole; it was assumed a servant would always be present to open the door from the inside.
- Imposing stone fireplace in the hallway, complemented by ancestral paintings and other fine art and antiques.
- Beyond the inner hallway, you ascend a flying staircase to the Bridal Day Room. Above you, the ceiling is adorned with the finest Regency plasterwork
- Antique French bed, covered with a Victorian hand-embroidered cover
- The double aspect room is full of light, overlooking the ancient Wellingtonia and Monkey Puzzle trees
- Every Spring, the view is a sea of golden daffodils - the scene was featured recently on the front cover of Scottish Field