Dating back to 1107, Traquair House held a ‘secret chapel’ used in penal times until 1829. The chapel was created post-1929 in the west wing, built in 1695-9, James Smith (Overseer of the Royal Works of Scotland). The chapel, formerly the billiard room above the brewhouse, contains an Italian marble altar (1870, Genoa) with a panel depicting the Passion (Brumidi, sculptor), twelve 16th century carved timber wall panels (originally in Chapel of Mary of Guise, Leith and carved in Flemish style by Scottish craftsmen). Related memorabilia on view in house, which also contains a priest’s hole and secret stairway.
Mass 7.00pm, last Thursday April to October
Open April to October 11.00 – 5.00pm. Access to Chapel is included in admission to grounds.
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