Gunsgreen House

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Gunsgreen House
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Gunsgreen House
Grid reference: NT947643
Location: 55°52’21"N, 2°5’8"W
Town: Eyemouth
Built 1753
For: John Nisbit
by John Adam
Town house

Gunsgreen House is a grand, Georgian house standing above the harbour of Eyemouth, a fishing port in Berwickshire. It stands on 'Gunsgreen', on the opposite side of the harbour from the town itself.

The house was built in 1753 by a prosperous local smuggler, John Nisbet, and notwithstanding the precarious nature of his trade, prospered enough to build his house to a design of John Adam (elder brother of the more famous Robert Adam). He called it his 'Splendid Palace'.[1]

The house includes however features one would not find in a normal gentry house of the period but specific to Nisbet's needs; it has secret hiding places where smuggled goods were kept, and a tea chute for rapidly concealing that overly-taxed commodity.

Today the house is opened as a tourist attraction with a series of interactive displays, but also contains self-catering accommodation.

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Eyemouth Harbour