Nisbet of Gunsgreen

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Nisbet of Gunsgreen


Gunsgreen House was built in 1753, and designed by John Adam for John Nisbet, a local merchant, and notorious smuggler.

He lived there with his brother David, they were sons of David Nisbet and Alison Young. They also had a brother William. It appears that was the end of the male line.
Gunsgreen House CC by Mark Nesbitt.

Property and Owners

  • Gunsgreen was held by the Craw (or Auchencraw family) in the 17th century, and James Craw of Gunsgreen is on record at the end of that century
  • 1753 the house was built for John Nisbet and he lived there with his brother David
  • 1758 Instrument of Sasine by William, John and David Nisbet “the lands of Fleemingtoun, called Gunsgreen”
  • The lands had been sold to the Homes of Billie in 1764.
  • 1784 David Nisbet died
  • 1789 John Nisbit was declared bankrupt.
  • 1789 Alexander Robertson bought the house at auction and became its new owner.
  • 1794 will John Nisbet Gunsgreen NA PROB 11 1276
  • early 1800s sister of Alexander Robertson, Margaret who was married to George Home, Minister of Ayton parish, moved into Gunsgreen House.
  • 1830s sold by the Robertsons for £18,000, possibly to the Homes
  • 1836 George and Margaret's son, Abraham Home, moved into Gunsgreen House
  • 1866 it was owned by Dr Patrick Home of Gunsgreen and Windshiel but occupied by a J.G. Wood of Edinburgh
  • 1881 ceased being a family home in 1881 sold by a Miss Home to a James Gibson for £22,000
  • 1912 rented by a local fisherman, William Dougal, and his wife, Wilhelmina, who ran it as a boarding house
  • 1960s when it became the clubhouse of Eyemouth Golf Club
  • 1998 Gunsgreen stood empty and had been virtually abandoned. The Gunsgreen House Trust was established in the same year and leased the building restoring it to its former glory.

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