The lost years

For nearly 100 years, this great Palladian mansion stood as a majestic ruin and the focal point of one of the greatest Scottish landscaped policies. But each year wind, weather and vandalism took their toll, and the fabric of what remained of the building became ever weaker and more unstable.

By the early 1980s a crisis had been reached and the shell of one of the grandest houses in Midlothian faced a new threat. Its continued existence as a romantic ruin, deeply evocative of the age that gave it birth, was in danger of demolition by order of the Local Authority on the grounds of safety. This situation led to the formation in September 1985 of the Penicuik House Preservation Trust, which was publicly launched in February 1987.