Sunday, 4 August 2013

Hundy Mundy

A high arch between square towers with pyramids on top, designed to be seen from one of Scotland's most important Classical houses. Both landscape and house are the work of William Adam, who began building Mellerstain in 1725.

Adam constructed the folly by reusing stone from an old tower house that once commanded the area.  A palimpsest of stone. Tradition has it that the tower had once been lived in by a Pictish princess called 'Hunimundias'. But the children at the big house could only manage to say Hundy Mundy, so that was the name that stuck.