Listing Region: Borders & South West

Abbotsford

Abbotsford was Sir Walter Scott’s creation and, after his death in 1832, somewhere visited by millions. It was built on the proceeds of a phenomenally successful literary career, and Scott became determined to keep it in his family as he worked to pay off huge debts after near-bankruptcy in 1825. Scott's novels were key in rehabilitating the Jacobites and sparking the Victorian interest in the Highland clans. The collections contain many items reputedly owned by Jacobites including Prince Charles Edward and Rob Roy.

Access

Opening hours. Admission charge. Café, visitor centre, parking, shop. Estate walks and trails.

Website

https://www.scottsabbotsford.com/

Contact

Tel: +44 (0)1896 752043
Email: enquiries@scottsabbotsford.co.uk

Area of interest
1715 1745 Clans

Traquair House

The Borders home of the Stuarts of Traquair since 1491. The Stuarts were staunch Jacobite supporters: the Fourth Earl was imprisoned twice for his Jacobite sympathies and the 5th Earl once. The Bear Gates at the top of the main drive were reputedly closed in 1745 following the visit of Prince Charles Edward when the 5th Earl promised they would never be opened again until the Stuarts returned to the throne. The privately-owned archive is rich in Jacobite material and is available to researchers on application.

Access

Opening hours (seasonal). Admission Charge. Car parking, refreshments, shop.

Website

https://www.traquair.co.uk/

Contact

Phone: +44 (0)1896 830323
email: enquiries@traquair.co.uk

Paxton House

Home of a Berwickshire Jacobite family. George Home and his son joined the rebellion of 1715, and were captured at the battle of Preston. His death sentence was commuted, but his estate was forfeited and his son was transported to Virginia. His grandson, Patrick, who built Paxton House, remained in contact with exiled Jacobites after 1745.

Access

Opening hours. Admission fee.

Website

https://paxtonhouse.co.uk/

Contact

Phone: 01289 386291

Area of interest
1715 1745 House

Drumlanrig Castle

Prince Charles Edward stayed here overnight on 22-23 December 1745 during the retreat from England. The castle belonged to the staunchly Whig third Duke of Queensberry and was not treated with the respect that the Jacobites normally showed to places they stayed in. Troops rode ponies up and down the main staircase. A money box said to have been used by Charles Edward is on display

Access

Opening hours. Admission charge

Website

https://www.drumlanrigcastle.co.uk/

Contact

Phone 01848 331 555