The North West corner of Kinneil House in Bo’ness, properly Borrowstounness, a town in the Falkirk council area of Scotland.

The house was one of the homes of the Hamilton family. The House itself began life as a large 15th century fortified tower house. In the mid-16th century a ‘palace’ was built next to the tower to provide more elegant living quarters for the family. This building contains several murals on religious subjects thought to be amongst the finest surviving examples in Scotland.

Most of the house is just a shell as they were in the process of pulling it down when the murals were discovered. The roof has since been replaced, but the floors are missing in the main part of the house.

Finally, in the late 17th century, under the influence of the Duchess Anne Hamilton, two pavilions were created one of which linked the old tower to the ‘palace’. In the late 18th century, Dr John Roebuck of Carron, stayed in the house and it was he who brought the engineer James Watt to Kinneil where he worked on his improved steam engine in the little workshop at the back of the house.

Behind Kinneil House on the other side of the Gil Burn (stream) is the site of the village of Kinneil which was abandoned in the late 17th century. The ruins of the 12th century church survive with only the west gable standing.

The Roman fortlet of Kinneil was identified and excavated in the 1980s to the west of the house.

Three bracketed JPGs converted to HDR in Photomatix.


Related shots can be found at: Bo’ness or Lowland Scotland.

More shots from Bo’Ness and Kinneil can be viewed by clicking on any of the thumbnails below


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  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyabout 6 years ago

    Love thie colors and details, Histoy is wonderful.. I image the murals are also beautiful.

  • karenlynda
    karenlyndaabout 6 years ago

    Love this shot Tomg, enjoyed the history too

  • Mayina
    Mayinaabout 6 years ago

    Just superb Tom

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 6 years ago

    Wonderful shot and great HDR Tom.x

  • Varinia   - Globalphotos
    Varinia - Gl...about 6 years ago

    What a fab building, lovely HDR, great colours and textures :))

  • handprintz
    handprintzabout 6 years ago

    Gorgeous colours and image,and again great history,every evening l learn something new !! thanks Tom!

  • Dave Law
    Dave Lawabout 6 years ago

    Excellent capture Tom, wonderfuls tones in the brickwork.

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 6 years ago

    beautiful capture again

  • pijinlane
    pijinlaneabout 6 years ago

    I must go and have a visit … love the beautiful stonework … great shot

  • It is a great place to visit because:
    1. In the grounds there is the remains of a Roman Fort.
    2. The Antoinine wall ran through the grounds.
    3. The house has the most amazing 16th Century murals.
    4. There is a large 1000 year old stone cross (now inside the house).
    5. There are the remains of an 11th Century Church and village.
    6. James Watt experimented with the steam engine at the back of the house.
    7. It has a ghost (if you believe in these things).
    8. The park is a lovely place to picnic on nice day.

    There is about 2000 years of history here in one place.

    The grounds are open all year round, but the house is only open three times this year (I was there on Saturday 28th June). The next open day is Sunday 21st September (12 noon to 4pm).

    – Tom Gomez

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful capture of this grand old architecture! As always your notes are amazing. I feel like I have learned an incredible amount of history through your lens!

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