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Identifier: autobiographical02scot
Title: Autobiographical notes of the life of William Bell Scott : and notices of his artistic and poetic circle of friends, 1830 to 1882
Year: 1892 (1890s)
Authors: Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890 Minto, William, 1845-1893
Subjects: Scott, William Bell, 1811-1890 Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1828-1882 Poets, English — 19th century Painters — Great Britain
Publisher: London : Osgood, McIlvaine
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN

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was detainedin the North by her brothers illness during our firstwinter in town, but every winter since she has beenwith us, and every year we have spent the latesummer and autumn months at Penkill. Penkill Castle, the ancient Ayrshire homesteadof the younger branch of the Boyds, a familysufficiently historical in Scottish annals, had beensuffered to fall into decay, the acres having been sadlydiminished, and Spencer, the heir, living in England.When he came of age, he devoted himself to itsrestoration, re-roofing the early part and building agreat new staircase instead of the narrow newel offormer years. This old buildino^ was so interestinQ^ to me withits recessed windows with stone seats and grooves 74 WILLIAM BELL SCOTT half-way down the window-jambs, showing whichportion had been glazed and which closed by shut-ters, that I puzzled out its history very completely.A large dormer window on the earliest part, orna-mented with the nail-head, and a roll mouldinsf which terminated –

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in aknot, George EdmundStreet, certainly one ofour best authorities forthe history of our earlyarchitecture, thought couldnot be later than 1450;but in outlying places I seereason to think an ornament was retained later thanit continued to be produced in more central places.Whatever date might be assigned to the first building,it was simply a square tower, a peel as it has beenelsewhere called, consisting of four stories, the upper-most having two corner turrets, pierced with loop-holes for defence. The lowest of these apartments,that level with the ground, was the stable, vaulted bymeans of thin stones embedded edgewise. Abovethis vault was the living-room, not large enough tobe called a hall, paved with very thick red andyellow tiles. This room had probably been access-ible only by a wooden stair outside, an arch in therubble wall indicating where the door had been.Above this was the apartment called in ballads the Ladies Bower, divided no doubt by partitions, ashere was a gardcrobe

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Tagged: , bookid:autobiographical02scot , bookyear:1892 , bookdecade:1890 , bookcentury:1800 , bookauthor:Scott__William_Bell__1811_1890 , bookauthor:Minto__William__1845_1893 , booksubject:Scott__William_Bell__1811_1890 , booksubject:Rossetti__Dante_Gabriel__1828_1882 , booksubject:Poets__English____19th_century , booksubject:Painters____Great_Britain , bookpublisher:London___Osgood__McIlvaine , bookcontributor:University_of_California_Libraries , booksponsor:MSN , bookleafnumber:95 , bookcollection:cdl , bookcollection:americana

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