While the walls were repainted and the west window added in the 1950s, there are still many elements of this room that preserve its original design. Look at the fire place with its Minton tiles. A visit to the room will allow you to fully appreciate the upper frieze and ceiling, which preserve the original ‘medieval’ style decorative treatment described in Table Talk in 1885.
Known by the Greenlaw family as the “Scotch Room” the frieze illustrates episodes of Sir Walter Scott’s historical novels Rob Roy and The Heart of Midlothian. One section of the frieze painted by Hugh Paterson “shows Captain Porteous being dragged to execution by the Edinburgh mob; the glare of the torches on the steel and the wild determined faces of the men proving very effective”.
The Dining Room’s furniture originally included a grand telescopic mahogany dining table with seating for 20.