Visit to Gallery House

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AT THE conclusion of its winter programme of events the Montrose Society paid a visit to Gallery House, home of Mr John Simpson.

Gallery is described as the finest example of a small group of 17th and 18th century houses found in the East of Scotland which have a symmetrical front elevation flanked by twin towers.

The Grade A listed building is unique in being not only unchanged in external appearance but also retaining much of its interior structure, wood and plasterwork.

After a somewhat chequered history of ownerships in the 20th century the house was bought by Mr Simpson and his late wife Anne who together undertook extensive restorations and also the re-creation of the gardens.

A capacity crowd of visitors was welcomed by Mr Simpson who gave a short informative history of the house and the gardens, before conducting a tour of the property.

Society President Andrew Orr said: “It is a real privilege to be allowed access to such a significant architectural gem and to learn about its interesting history.

Everyone here today has enjoyed every aspect of this visit, and will cherish the memory for a long time”.