Dunglass is a beautiful Country Estate in East Lothian. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty combining graceful manicured parkland with areas of rugged wilderness. These stunning landscapes have remained a consistent backdrop throughout time overlooking a place rich in history.
Dunglass is still very much a family estate and it is currently owned by the Usher family. Our ancestor Francis James Usher bought the Estate from Sir John Richard Hall, 9th Bart in 1919. The Hall family occupied Dunglass for 232 years from 1687. Other proprietors were also the Home (or Hume) family 1300s - 1516 whose many dignitaries include David Home (philosopher) and Sir Alexander Home (Lord of Parliament in 1473).
Some inevitable changes and even the odd barrel of gunpowder, have meant that impressive structures such as castles and later Dunglass Mansion House built between 1807 and 1813 no longer exist, nevertheless there still stands many impressive historic and listed buildings which include the enchanting 'secret' walled garden built in the 1800s, rich with flora and fauna, herbaceous borders, tropical fruits, trimmed hedges and lawns. Other structures mostly built between 1761 and 1832 have also remained throughout time. The jewel in the crown today however is Dunglass Collegiate church built in the early 1400s.
Dunglass Collegiate Church was given collegiate status in 1443 by its original founder's son Sir Alexander Home. It is a beautiful cruciform building of Gothic design and remains one of the finest examples of its type and period in Scotland.
Today Dunglass remains a productive agricultural estate along with residential property lets. We are fully committed to the ongoing balance and restoration of rich and varied habitats, forests, parkland and properties whilst exploring sensitive, exciting and diverse ideas now and in the future.
Robert Burns paid a fine tribute to summarise Dunglass in 1787 when he visited Sir James Hall saying; "Dunglass the most romantic sweet place I ever saw"
His words live on...
Dunglass Estate is in association with Historic Scotland and we are proud to be included in their inventory of gardens and designed landscapes which are of national importance. We value our contribution to Scottish National Heritage and we recognise the importance in preserving and promoting our history for many more generations.