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'Beautifullly illustrated and evocative' Country Life '[A] sumptuous book...Ian Gow covers all this indefensible waste and destruction with dry wit' Gavin Stamp, TLS 'An authoritative and beautiful book' Scottish Field Scotland's Lost Houses saw Aurum extending its distinguished list of lavishly illustrated architecture titles to enable it to cover a subject that could not be illustrated entirely by photographs from the Country Life archive. Conceived as a follow-up to the hugely successful England's Lost Houses, Scotland's Lost Houses draws primarily on the peerless photographic resource of the National Monuments Record in Edinburgh, but also even on the remarkable albums taken by a Perthshire demolition contractor in the fifties, to build a poignant and beautiful portrait of 20 magnificent country houses now lost for ever, including Hamilton Palace, Rosneath, Balbardie, Amisfield, Gordon Castle, Guisachan, Dunglass and Millearne Ian Gow is Curator of the National Trust of Scotland, and the pre-eminent authority on Scotland's architectural heritage. He is the author of Scottish Houses and Gardens, (Aurum 978 1 84513 289 7).
Ian Gow was appointed Curator of the National Trust for Scotland in February 1998. he was born and brought up in Edinburgh and educated at George Heriot's School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he read History of Art. After a brief spell at the Inspectorate of Ancient Monuments in London, he returned in 1979 to the National Monuments Record of Scotland as Curator of the Architectural Colelctions. He is an Honorary Fellow and Honorary Curator of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and an Honorary Fellow of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland. He has written extensively on the decorative arts and architecture of Scotland and is the author of The Scottish Interior, Scotland's Lost Houses and Scottish Houses and Gardens from the Archives of Country Life (the last two published by Aurum), in addition to many guide books, including that on the Palace of Holyroodhouse.