Vogrie House

Vogrie House
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Vogrie House

Vogrie House is situated 8 miles (13 km) southeast of Edinburgh and a mile (1.5 km) southwest of Pathhead, between the Vogrie Burn and Tyne Water, just above their confluence. Built in 1875 on the site of an earlier house for the Dewar family, who acquired the estate in 1719, this well-proportioned house is in a light form of the Baronial style. The architect was Andrew Heiton (1823-94) of Perth and this is said to be his finest surviving work. The house is unusual for the reverse-corbelling on its towers and the unglazed outer sashes on the upper floors - intended to reduce unappealing reflections. A fine stable block dates from c.1825.

Vogrie House was bought as a nursing home for the Royal Edinburgh Hospital for Mental and Nervous Disorders in 1924. The house was sold to Midlothian Council, with its estate, in the 1960s. The house was used for a time as a communications centre during the Cold War and thereafter as a police headquarters. It is now the base of the Midlothian Ranger Service and the estate forms Vogrie Country Park. The house includes a cafe and interpretative displays on the Dewars and the development of their estate.

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