Duchess draws in the crowds

A COSTUMED interpreter helped draw the crowds to Kinneil House at the weekend.

A total of 526 people came through the doors on Saturday and Sunday, to tour inside the historic mansion and to see the interpreter, organised by Historic Scotland. The costumed actress played Anne, Duchess of Hamilton – of Kinneil’s most famous residents. Volunteer guides from The Friends of Kinneil were also on hand to give information about the building’s rich history.

Bruce Henderson, the chairman of the Friends, said: “Over two afternoons, we attracted more than 520 people to this fantastic historic mansion. Although the House grounds, estate and neighbouring Kinneil Museum are open all year – visitors can only see inside the House itself on special open days like the ones last weekend. It was great to see so many people.”

Tours of the House are run by The Friends of Kinneil, a charity, and Historic Scotland. Further events will take place at Kinneil House on June 27, August 29 and October 31 this year. Visit www.kinneil.org.uk for details.

Last year, five similar open days attracted around 1700 visitors.