The Byre, Inchyra Estate, Glencarse
Perthshire, PH2 7LU, Scotland

History of Inchyra Estate


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 Georgian architect Robert Adam and several of Inchyra’s distinguishing neo-classical features are reminiscent of Adam’s iconic style.


Anderson marked his success by commissioning the celebrated Scottish artist Henry Raeburn to paint portraits of himself and his wife. The first chapter of Inchyra’s history belongs, therefore, to the Andersons.

The Hoyer Millar era

Over subsequent decades the estate 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.

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During an illustrious diplomatic career, Sir Frederick was tasked with managing the British sector of West Germany in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, ultimately returning it to German control under the leadership of Chancellor Adenauer. 


He went on to run the UK Foreign Office in the 1950s and, in recognition of his work, was created Baron Inchyra of St Madoes in 1962.


In 1965 the new Lord and Lady Inchyra retired to Scotland, the country of his birth. They set about transforming the kitchen garden into the enchanting quartered parterre Walled Garden that it is today and planted thousands of trees on the estate.


In 1999 the house passed to their grandson, James, who became the 3rd Baron Inchyra in 2011.


Read the next chapter: Inchyra today, and the story of our wedding barn

Chris and I feel so privileged to have been one of the first couples to have got married at Inchyra Byre. It is such a special place and every nook and cranny is packed with significance and family history. Thank you so much for being a great team and managing our stress so well.  May this enterprise provide you with many more years of success and great memories.  
Chris & Leigh