The Buccleuch Collection

Bowhill’s rich history is complemented by being home to many of the jewels of the Buccleuch Collection. Created over many generations and five centuries by the Montagu Douglas and Scott forebears of the Dukes of Buccleuch and Queensberry, it is internationally recognised as one of the most important in the country.

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Paintings, Fine Furniture, Silver and Objects d'Arts

The painting collection is outstanding ranging from an exceptional series of family portraits by Thomas Gainsborough and Sir Joshua Reynolds including the latter’s iconic Lady Caroline Scott as ‘Winter’, to fine landscapes by Claude and Ruysdael, including a set of Italian views by Guardi and Pannini and an exceptional Canaletto of London.

A small sampling of the huge collection of Portrait Miniatures is on display including works by Hans Holbein, Nicholas Hilliard and Samuel Cooper, including the latter’s famous unfinished portrait of Oliver Cromwell. Portraits of family dogs and children however have just as much of a place in what was always intended as home for comfortable 19th century living. Indeed the atmosphere is enhanced by this blend of grandeur and cosines, great 17th century German Baroque writing desks nestling beside everyday sofas and chairs. A massive candelabra in silver by Robert Garrad tells the origin of the family title, whilst a room devoted to the family’s kinsman, the great writer Sir Walter Scott tells of their close ties with his phenomenal rise to fame and their deep friendship.

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Love & Respect in the Victorian Age - Exhibition

Discover a specially curated exhibition celebrating the Victorian Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch – Walter Francis Montagu Douglas Scott, 5th Duke of Buccleuch and Lady Charlotte-Anne Montagu Douglas Scott, 5th Duchess of Buccleuch .  The exhibition includes some special pieces from the Buccleuch Art Collections.

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Portrait Miniatures

An exhibition of some fifty jewel-like portrait miniatures from the internationally renowned Buccleuch Collection, including some never-before-seen pieces, are on display at Bowhill House.

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The Smoking Room

In summer 2016, Bowhill’s Smoking Room opened to the public for the very first time in its 138 year old history. Once a room at the height of fashion in the 19th century, over the years it became a place for playing billiards, wrapping Christmas presents, quiet university study, and finally, a storage room for many years. The current Duke had a dream that one day it might be restored to its proper purpose and today it is this and more.

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