Tour of House - Ground Floor

Traquair House

Traquair Dining Room The Dining Room

This room is situated in one of the “modern” wings of the house which were built in 1694. The decoration here is now Victorian with French hand blocked wallpaper chosen at the Great Exhibition in 1851.  The table can be extended to seat up to 24 people and is used by the family and also can be hired for weddings and special events. There are a remarkable collection of family portraits on the wall including a portrait of the 1st Earl of Traquair, who was made Lord High Treasurer of Scotland in 1636.  On the sideboard there is a collection of pewter plates and mugs as well as three cutlery boxes. The centre one contains a full complement of Bow porcelain-handled knives and forks.

Lower Drawing Room The Lower Drawing Room

This room adjoins the Dining Room and is where the ladies would have retired after dinner or taken tea in the afternoon. There is another example of the French hand blocked wallpaper in this room and a Chippendale style mirror over the fireplace. On either side of the fireplace hang the portraits of the Duke of Perth and the Duchess (daughter of the 4th Earl of Traquair), both painted by John Alexander in 1735.

In the far left corner of the room is an ebonised Flemish cabinet c 1700 decorated with biblical scenes.

Chapel The Chapel

In the East wing lies the Roman Catholic Chapel which was converted in 1829 after the Catholic Emancipation Act was passed.  Previously, the family billiards room, it is a Victorian style chapel where servants and estate workers would have sat in the pews with the family at the back behind the screen. There are 12 Flemish oak carvings from the 1500’s depicting the life of Christ and a fine Italian marble altar.  The kneelers are all individually embroidered by a group of volunteers and depict designs inspired by the interiors of Traquair.  You may also pick up the very “heavenly smell” coming from below as this is where the eighteenth century brewhouse is situated.

Still Room The Still Room

The “Still Room” situated on the ground floor was originally a garden parlour in the 1700’s but later became the housekeeper’s room when the room was partitioned and she kept her stores under lock and key. The room was also situated here so she could have listened for the bells outside in the hall. There is a fine display of porcelain here both English and Chinese and a trompe d’oeil painting on wood above the fireplace. You can see a photograph in the corner of Lady Louisa Stuart who died in 1896 in her 100th year.  If you are staying for bed and breakfast, the Still Room is where breakfast is served.