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Kimmerghame House

A mansion within parkland on the south bank of the Blackadder Water in the Scottish Borders, Kimmerghame House is located 2 miles (3 km) southeast of Duns. What exists today is but a fragment of the Baronial edifice which was built by architect David Bryce in 1859, the majority having been lost in a fire in 1938, started by a workman who was trying to install electricity. This house had itself been built close to the site of an earlier property. Following the fire, Bryce's house was partially rebuilt, incorporating the entrance tower of the previous but nothing else is now higher than two storeys. It is however B-listed. Within the policies are a walled garden, sunken garden, mill and an ice house.

The lands of Kimmerghame passed from the Homes to the Campbell-Swintons in 1776, after Archibald Swinton of Manderston married Henrietta Campbell of Blythswood in Glasgow. Notables connected to the house include Alan Alexander Campbell-Swinton (1863 - 1930), the inventor of the modern system of television, who was born here, and actress Tilda Swinton (b.1960).


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