On this day, 100 years ago. In August 1918, the Barskimming estate at Mauchline in Ayrshire was sold. The farm of Lochhill and its 240 arable acres was sold to a private client. However, the remaining land was bought by Robert Jack Dunlop, shipowner, who had already bought the mansion house and grounds from the trustees of John Meikle.
The estate at one time belonged to Lord Glenlee, who was Lord President of the Court of Session. The estate descended to Sir William Frederick Miller, who was a minor, and leased the house to Archibald Buchanan, managing partner of the Catrine Cotton Mills. It was later acquired by Thomas Anderson and then John Meikle of Lochlibo, whose trustees had been tasked to sell the estate in various lots.
Barskimming House was built in 1882 for Sir W.F. Miller by James Maitland Wardrop and Charles Reid, using parts of an older house that had been destroyed by fire. It also suffered a smaller less-destructive blaze in 1926. The house still stands, and in 2014 the estate was used as the location for the TV series Outlander’.