Lordship and Architecture
in Medieval and Renaissance Scotland
|Subject: Scottish History/Architecture
approx 260 pages
ISBN: 1 86232 109 4
These essays constitute the first radical reassessment since the 19th century of the role of architecture as an expression of lordship and status amongst Scottish secular and ecclesiastical elites in the period c.1124-c.1650. Fifteen studies of the architectural patronage of particular families or groups explore how the nobility operated socially and economically, as well as politically, in the organisation and structure of lordship throughout the medieval and renaissance periods.
The contributors draw on the traditions and strengths of Scottish genealogical, archaeological and art-historical enquiry to illustrate key themes, which include: family or kindred styles in building on a local, regional or national level; builders’ or patrons’ motives; the scale and use of the buildings; and ascertainable changes in function, purpose and attitude.
Editors: Richard Oram is Honorary Lecturer in History, University of Aberdeen. Geoffrey Stell is Head of Architecture, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical monuments of Scotland.