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Biggar & Upper Clydesdale Museum
156 High St
Biggar, ML12 6DH

Biggar Museum Trust SCIO, a registered charity in Scotland. Charity number: SC003695

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The Palace That Never Was!

10 a.m.
5 p.m.
Biggar Museum

Free entry to exhibition

1st April to 3rd September: An exhibition about Biggar’s George Meikle Kemp (architect of the Scott Monument) featuring his 1831 model of Dalkeith Palace.


“By kind permission of the Duke of Buccleuch & Queensberry & Trustees of the Buccleuch Living Heritage Trust”.

A magnificent architectural model of Dalkeith Palace, built by, Biggar born George Meikle Kemp (1795-1844). The model was built over two years 1831-1832.

Kemp was engaged by architect William Burn (1789-1870), who worked for The Duke of Buccleuch, to build the model to redesign Dalkeith Palace, though the place redesign was never achieved.

From lowly beginnings George went on to become one of Scotland’s most famous self-taught architects by winning a competition to design a monument to celebrate the life the recently deceased Sir Walter Scott. This iconic monument still exists today on Princes Street Edinburgh.

In 1993, Patrick Baxter was asked by Richard, The Earl of Dalkeith, now His Grace The Duke of Buccleuch, to restore the model which had been sadly neglected despite valiant efforts by Buccleuch staff to maintain and keep the model secure. It took Patrick and his team approx. 3000 hours to research and complete the restoration of the model.

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