Black and white photograph of the front of a large two storey house with entrance porch, four storey tower, conservatory and gardens with lawns and paths.

Bringing you a ‘taster’ of the full exhibition yet to come…

Celebrating the 130th anniversary of Sir William Arrol’s home, Seafield House, Ayr

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Black and white photograph of the front of a large two storey house with entrance porch and four storey tower.
Seafield House
Black and white portrait photograph of Sir William Arrol from the chest up.
Sir William Arrol
Black and white photograph showing hall with large fireplace, wooden panelling and decorated with wooden furniture, ornamental vases and sculptures.
Bedford Lemere and Co.

This exhibition offers a guided tour of Arrol’s Seafield through the photographs of Bedford Lemere and Co., which are held by Historic Environment Scotland.  The photographs were taken by Harry Lemere on 12 May 1890, not long after the construction and interior decoration of Seafield House was completed.

Much is known about Sir William Arrol’s career, but he was a private man and much less is known of his personal life. It is through Seafield House that this side of him is revealed. 

inside the house is to be found much that is still more suggestive for a biography which seeks to represent the man as he is – how he lives and moves and has his being

Sir Robert Purvis, Arrol’s friend and biographer

Friends of Seafield House logo with sketch of the house.

This ‘taster’ exhibition is brought to you by Friends of Seafield House. An exhibition was due to be launched on 16th May 2020 at Rozelle House, Ayr, in association with South Ayrshire Council, as part of 2020 Year of Coastal Waters. The full exhibition is now planned to open in 2022.

Our grateful thanks go to Historic Environment Scotland for permission to use the images from their Bedford Lemere Seafield House collection.

Visit the About page to find out more about Friends of Seafield House and to contact us.


All images of Seafield House are copyright of Historic Environment Scotland. Each of the exhibition pages has a link from the image to the Canmore website, where you can get further information. Click on the image to go there.

All text is written by Friends of Seafield House under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-ShareAlike licence.

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