History & Heritage

Bute Family

Bute Family

The Bute family's long history documents a dramatic rise to prominence, riddled with fortune, controversy and tragedy.

History of Mount Stuart

History of Mount Stuart

The first Mount Stuart was designed in the Georgian style by Alexander McGill in approximately 1716.

Bute Collection

Bute Collection

The Bute Collection is one of the foremost private collections of artworks and artefacts in the world.

A Rich and Intertwined History

The Bute family and Mount Stuart each share an incredibly rich, intertwined history. Residents of the Isle of Bute for centuries, the family have long left their mark upon the island's, Scotland's and Wales' architectural legacies.

The neo-gothic masterpiece of Mount Stuart itself is testament to the generations of Stuart endeavours and imagination.

Today, Mount Stuart boasts one of the most extensive private Collections, Libraries and Archives in Scotland. Combined, they house approximately 25,000 books, records, personal letters, photographs and architectural drawings from both Mount Stuart and beyond.

In no way limited to just texts and images, the Bute Collection also hosts many works of fine art, furniture, tapestries, silverware and even the original costumes of several Victorian figures. Together, each aspect of the Collections at Mount Stuart offer a portal into the Bute family's and the House's fascinating past.

Descended from ancient Scottish Kings, it is entirely apt that the family motto - 'Avito Viret Honore' translates as 'he flourishes in an honourable ancestry'.

The Bute Family

The Bute family's long history documents a dramatic rise to prominence, riddled with fortune, charity, controversy and tragedy.

Their surname is traceable to the 12th century, whereupon the Anglo-Norman family became High Stewards to the Kings of Scotland. In time, Steward would become Stewart, and finally Stuart, according to the popular French spelling.

Architects, Artists and Designers

The Bute family have long been recognised as important patrons of architects, artists and designers.  It is not surprising then, that the Bute Archives contain an internationally significant collection of architectural drawings and decorative designs.

Lord Bute sponsored a number of notable architects including Robert Weir Schultz, William Frame and John Kinross.

Patronage

The 3rd Earl of Bute (d.1792) commissioned the great Robert Adam to design houses for him in England, and the 3rd Marquess of Bute (d.1900) was arguably the greatest individual architectural patron Britain has ever known.

Historic Homes

Historic Homes

The Bute family remains associated with some of the finest historic architecture in the country.

Dates 29 March – 4 October 2015
Mon, Tue, Thur Guided tours hourly: 11.30am - 3.30pm
Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun Free flow admission: 12.00pm - 4.00pm
last entry 3.00pm
Please Note: On the following dates there will be no access to the house due to special events but our Visitor Centre and Gardens will be open for business as usual:
1 May, 6 June, 20 June, 18 July, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, 29 Aug, 26 Sep

On the following dates the House, Gardens and Visitor Centre will be closed:
22-26 June

On the following dates we will be closing at 3pm:
17 July, 14 Aug
Dates 29 March – 4 October 2015
Times 10:00am - 5:00pm
Please Note: On the following dates there will be no access to the house due to special events but our Visitor Centre and Gardens will be open for business as usual:
1 May, 6 June, 20 June, 18 July, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, 29 Aug, 26 Sep

On the following dates the House, Gardens and Visitor Centre will be closed:
22-26 June

On the following dates we will be closing at 3pm:
17 July, 14 Aug
Dates 29 March – 4 October 2015
Times 10:00am - 5:00pm
Please Note: On the following dates there will be no access to the house due to special events but our Visitor Centre and Gardens will be open for business as usual:
1 May, 6 June, 20 June, 18 July, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, 29 Aug, 26 Sep

On the following dates the House, Gardens and Visitor Centre will be closed:
22-26 June

On the following dates we will be closing at 3pm:
17 July, 14 Aug
Dates 29 March – 4 October 2015
Restaurant 10:00am - 5:00pm
last orders 4:00pm
Courtyard Tea Rooms 11:00am - 4:30pm
Courtyard Gift Shop CLOSED
Please Note: On the following dates there will be no access to the house due to special events but our Visitor Centre and Gardens will be open for business as usual:
1 May, 6 June, 20 June, 18 July, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, 29 Aug, 26 Sep

On the following dates the House, Gardens and Visitor Centre will be closed:
22-26 June

On the following dates we will be closing at 3pm:
17 July, 14 Aug