Several members of the society had a very enjoyable visit to Pinkie House and Loretto Chapel on 21 March 2016.
Pinkie House comprises a 16th century tower house which in 1597 passed to Alexander Seton, who became Lord Chancellor of Scotland. Charles I lived here as a child after his father’s move to London in 1603.
The building was extended in 1613 in Renaissance style with a long gallery, known as the painted gallery. This has a highly decorated ceiling comprising a large central trompe l’oeil cupola and a smaller one at either end. The ceiling also has seventeen panels of annotated classical and mythological subjects, several of which are derived from the poetry of Horace. Books with similar depictions had been published in the Low Countries a few years earlier.
To the east of the house lies the walled garden with sundial and to the west is a very ornate 17th century fountain.
The house passed to the Hay family in 1694 and then to Archibald Hope who further altered the building. Loretto School acquired it in1951. We would like to thank the school for making this visit possible.