It was clearly taken shortly after construction as the subjects have a proprietorial pride in the building. I have been told that the man in the tall stove-pipe hat is the architect William Burn.
It is a delight to be able to zoom in on the detail for the first time by having a hi-res scan.
Things present then but absent now:
- pair of urns above entrance
- ball finial on low square turret
- lion rampant in shield above entrance
Things absent but present now:
- yews in front of building
- ballusters on wall to left of entrance tower
I have recently discovered that the yews date from 1960's, as they are small in a 1960's photo and so are not an original planting. These are now for the chop! :-) The presence of a few balusters on the wall at the front nowadays (most have been removed) but not in this photo is a mystery. Perhaps, construction was not quite complete at the time of the photograph?
|earliest known photograph of Balintore Castle|