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Kinneil House

Door open days

12 September 2020

13 September 2020


Set within a carefully designed park landscape Kinneil House or Palace was built for James Hamilton the second Earl of Arran when he was the Protector and Governor of Scotland from 1542 to 1554 during the minority of Mary, Queen of Scots. For a few short years it was the seat of Scottish government.

It still houses the best 16th and 17th century murals in Scotland. The bed chamber is now known as the Arbour room and the painting is full of foliage, scrolls and animals. This was later painted over in imitation of wainscoting and a coffered ceiling containing the 1621 coat of arms of Arran. The withdrawing chamber has a number of biblical scenes on the walls, notably the Good Samaritan.

In 1677 Anne Duchess of Hamilton began a programme of renovation, producing the house and grounds as they appear today. By the late 18th century the house was being let. Inventor, industrialist and part-founder of Carron Company Dr John Roebuck lived here 1764-94. Dugald Stewart the philosopher was the last tenant 1809-1828.

Digital Resources

The Rockin' History of Kinneil

The Friends of Kinneil teamed up with Bo'ness-based Sanctus Media in 2012 to make a fun film with pupils from Bo'ness Public Primary School. The Rockin' History of Kinneil gives pupils' unique take on the history of Kinneil Estate. Expect great performances and a bit of dramatic licence as the youngsters take you back in time.

Learn about the site from local school pupils!

Kinneil Estate Virtual Tour

This short video tour shows you the stunning interior and exterior of Kinneil House.

Go on a virtual guided tour!

Kinneil Photo Gallery

Virtually travel around the grounds and interiors of Kinneil House.

Immerse yourself in a virtual exhibition!

Key Information

Building Date: 16th century

  • Kinneil Estate
  • Provost Road
  • Bo'ness
  • EH51 0PR