Glenlair House

Renovation of the Lodge (formerly the Servants’ Quarters)

Glenlair House circa 1992

This old photograph was taken before the disastrous fire of 1929 that destroyed the greater part of the house in which Professor James Clerk Maxwell lived from about 1832 until his death in 1879. The Fergusons renovated the Servantsí Quarters, at the right hand end of the building in 1993. This article gives a small …

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Future Restoration Plans

Apart from the replacement of one internal lintel in a lounge window and further stabilisation work on the end wall of the original (1842) house built by James’s father John Clerk Maxwell, there are no plans for additional restorative work at this time. The maintenance programme will include repair of wall heads and the like …

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Glenlair House Restoration

Structural Damage

The first point that needs to be made is that the Trust has no plans for restoration of Glenlair House. The structural damage inflicted by the fire in 1929, aggravated by the ravages of time and weather, is such that any restoration would involve in all probability a total clearance followed by a complete rebuild. …

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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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