Sep 30 2013

Eureka! Time Capsule found – Dated 25th March 1831

Glenlair Time Capsule - Detail (1)

On Thursday 26 September 2013 a most important treasure was unearthed amongst the ruins of Glenlair House. Whilst dismantling the South wall down to the original footings level, a large square stone was removed revealing a square cavity, in which was a glass jar standing upside down. The jar had been sealed with wax, which …

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Sep 29 2013

Maxwell’s Wine Cellar Revealed!

Demolition Continues

The demolition work continues apace and there was a eureka moment when suddenly, the original wine cellar (which I had remembered climbing into in my youth some 60 years ago) was revealed beneath the mounds of rubble. The end wall has been lowered to ground level, but has to go down even further to reach …

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Sep 09 2013

Rebuilding Glenlair House – Update 2

Just over a fortnight into the project and already one can see the extent of the demolition that must first take place before any rebuilding work can begin. Thus far the central wall and about 60% of the southern wall have been taken down. Two men working with hammer and chisel have achieved all this …

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Aug 30 2013

New Project Starts

Contractors on Site

Work started to day on the next project to rebuild Glenlair House. This time it is planned to completely restore the original part of the house originally built by Professor Maxwell’s father,  John in 1831 using Walter Newall as his architect. This was the section most severely damaged by the fire in 1929 and consequently …

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Aug 13 2011

Visit by IEEE Foundation President

Visit by IEEE Foundation President

Dr. Dick GOWEN accompanied by his wife Nancy paid a visit to Glenlair on Saturday to receive an update on developments and witness progress made since their last visit in 2009. Typically the Scottish weather was a bit disappointing, but fortunately stayed dry long enough for them to tour Glenlair House and the Walter Newall …

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Aug 06 2011

Professor and Mrs Maxwel return to Glenlair

Professor and Mrs Maxwel return to Glenlair

A fancy dress party in honour of the 40th Birthday celebrations of one of our trustees, Angus FERGUSON and his wife Frances (subsequently also elected as a Trustee) provided a splendid opportunity for a return visit by Professor and Mrs James Clerk MAXWELL to GLENLAIR HOUSE. After all, they were about to enter their own …

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Jun 16 2011

James Clerk Maxwell’s Lightning Rod

Jim Rautio, President of Sonnet Software, talks about the lightning rod from Glenlair House, the former home of James Clerk Maxwell Link to video

May 23 2011

Visit by IEEE Members


On a wet and windy day 26 members of the IEEE braved the elements to visit Glenlair. After an early start from Edinburgh, they arrived at Glenlair around 1020 where they were greeted by the Fergusons and led inside Glenlair Lodge (the old servants quarters) where they were delighted to be offered tea, coffee and …

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Sep 25 2010

Doors Open Days 2010

A coach load of visitors arrives at Glenlair

For the second year running Glenlair opened its doors to the public as part of the European Heritage Days programme ( This provides an excellent opportunity not only to show what has been achieved here, but also to spread the word about James Clerk Maxwell to a wider audience not necessarily aware of his immense …

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Jan 12 2010

The Last Lintel

Joe assesses the situation

With snow lying and permafrost deep into the ground, Joe Smith felt that it was an ideal opportunity to replace the missing lintel above the large south-facing window in the west wing, which has been supported by one of my acro-props since the middle of last year. His reasoning, sound as ever, was that the …

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