Haining estate Selkirk to become cultural hot spot

HainingIt’s not every day a local community is bequeathed an historic mansion complete with its own loch and grounds extending to 150 acres.

The gift of the Haining was made to the people of Selkirkshire on the death of retired lawyer Andrew Nimmo-Smith, with the caveat that the A-listed building be used for cultural, historical or architectural benefit of the community.

A significant sum of money was included in the bequest when details were announced last year and it is now being administered by a Charitable Trust.

The classical borders estate and its Paladian mansion complete with bear cages and wolf cages, grabbed the headlines again this month (June 2011) when more than £37,000 in repair grants from Historic Scotland was announced for the Haining.

Cabinet secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said: “The Haining Estate holds the potential to use this grant to be removed from the Buildings at Risk Register.

“Times are tough but this sort of project exemplifies why we need to invest in buildings at the heart of our communities so they can continue to be a resource for us all.”

The repair work is the first phase of an overall redevelopment plan for the estate, including conversion of the mansion house to form a contemporary arts, music and literature centre.

The total project cost is estimated to be £1,137,000. When complete the Haining will join Scottish Borders tourism A-list.

Susan Edington of The Haining Charitable Trust said: “The Trust is grateful to Historic Scotland for their realisation of the importance of the estate and to the Borders as a whole.”

The work will involve the sympathetic refurbishment and repair of the buildings including roof and stonework repairs and the deconstruction and rebuilding of the gable end of the stables. Modern interiors will be designed incorporating mezzanine levels to provide the appropriate office and art space.


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2 Responses to “Haining estate Selkirk to become cultural hot spot”

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  1. Rosemary Stockman says:

    Can I become a friend of the haining and help, Please.
    Thank you
    Rosemary Stockman

  2. Shirley J (Rutherford) Gerlock says:

    My gggGrandfather George and his wife Janet (Stuart) Rutherford, worked on the Haining Estate as a Hind and Janet in the household. They raised their large family there. One of the boys was named after the Laird Pringle.

    I would like to know if there would be any documentation within the Library of past employees that would be available to me when I plan on my 2012 trip to Scotland. I am trying to trace the family backwards and am having quite a time of it.

    Thanks to anyone who can help me out on this.

    Shirley J (Rutherford) Gerlock

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