Bute Collection

One of the foremost private collections of artwork and artefacts in the UK

A Remarkable Collection

The celebrated Bute Collection was formed by the Stuarts, Crichton-Stuarts, Earls and Marquesses of Bute and now resides at Mount Stuart, the ancestral home of the family for over six hundred years. It encompasses artwork, decorative arts, the library and archive and an impressive collection of architectural drawings.

The Bute Collection is one of the foremost private collections of artwork and artefacts in the UK, and is especially notable for its British portraiture from the 18th and 19th centuries, Italian masterpieces from the 16th century, and Dutch and Flemish Old Masters.

The collection also houses a varied compilation of archives, books, furniture, silverwork and porcelain, reflecting the interests of various generations of the Bute family. Mount Stuart is home to some 25,000 books from the Bute Collection and includes works relating to theology, botany, agriculture, ornithology, travel, English fiction and Scottish history and literature. The Bute family has a long tradition of architectural patronage and the Bute Collection reflects this with its extensive collection of architectural drawings and decorative designs. Mount Stuart also hosts a wonderfully original range decorative art, featuring many pieces custom-made for the House.

Access and Enquiries

Thank you for bearing with us; outstanding enquiries are currently being processed and we aim to respond as soon as possible.

Due to demand in 2015 we will be open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2 February until 30 November 2016; appointments should be made in advance and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  There will be 2 x 3 hour appointment slots per day; 10am-1pm and 1.30pm-4.30pm with a maximum of 4 days per individual researcher available every month.

To book an appointment please telephone +44 (0) 1700 503877 and ask for the Collections Department.

Contact Details

The Bute Archive at Mount Stuart
Collections Department
Mount Stuart
Isle of Bute
PA20 9LR

Tel: +44 (0) 1700 503877
Fax: +44 (0) 1700 503313
Email: archiveenquiries@mountstuart.com