Special Interest Days

Special Interest Day – Wednesday, 7th November, 2018

 Miniatures at Drumlanrig Castle, with Scott MacDonald


We are very privileged in having the opportunity of seeing part of the Buccleuch collection of miniature portraiture in the surroundings of Drumlanrig Castle.

Scott MacDonald, Head of Collections and Conservation at Drumlanrig Castle, Bowhill and Boughton, will talk us through the miniatures explaining the formation of the collection over the years. Some rarely seen pieces are regarded as the most important collection in private hands, excepting that of the Royal collection.

After a quick ‘Soup & Sandwich’ lunch Scott will give a short “Highlight Tour” of the Castle; just three items of his choice will be explained in detail.

Tickets cost £20 per head, which includes coffee and lunch. Please park in the Castle car park where guides will show you where to proceed.


10am                              Coffee

11am (sharp!)                Start of talk by Scott MacDonald

1pm                                 Lunch

1.45pm (prompt)          “Highlight Tour” by Scott MacDonald

2.30pm                            Finish


Tickets are very limited, so no guests will be allowed. Please contact Pat Withall on 01387 850 309. Cheques, payable to SWSDFAS, should be sent to Mrs P. Withall, Mid Glen, New Abbey, Dumfries DG2 8DT by the 5th October 2018. Please include your name, address and telephone number.

Past Special Interest days

Tuesday 13th March, Dominic Riley will give a talk on Book Binding and Repair.

Wednesday 25th October, Claire Melinsky   will give an illustrated talk on Lino-Cuts and their application.

Saturday 25th March 2pm

Private tour of Barholm Castle and Gardens

         Barholm Castle is a 16th tower house built by the McCullochs of Barholm and abandoned when they left for an elegant Georgian mansion in Creetown in the mid-1750s. Barholm lay in ruins for two and a half centuries until it was rescued and restored to a family home by SWSDFAS members John and Janet Brennan in 2003. The 3 acre gardens have been developed over the past ten years and are now maturing, with a walled garden, quarry fernery and wildlife ponds.