Photographer: Wilson, George Washington
Medium: Photographic print
"This splendid mansion, the seat of the Marquis of Breadalbane, is within a mile of the village of Kenmore. It is a grey pile of four storeys with round corner towers, and terminating in an airy central pavilion. The present castle was built in 1801 upon the site of the old house, and is surrounded with scenery of the most pleasant and picturesque description. It was here that Burns, gazing long and earnestly upon the spreading vale, the princely towers and expanding lake, gave vent to his admiration in the following lines: -
'The meeting cliffs each deep-sunk glen divides,
The woods wild scatter'd, clothe their ample sides.
The outstretching lake, embosom'd 'mong the hills,
The eye with wonder and amazement fills;
The Tay meandering sweet in infant pride;
The palace rising by his verdant side.
The lawns, wood-fringed in nature's native taste,
The hillocks dropt in nature's careless haste;
The arches striding o'er the new-born stream,
The village glittering in the moon-tide beam.'"
Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of English and Scottish Scenery' by G W Wilson