The “new” Auchinleck House, built in 1760 by the 8th Laird of Auchinleck, Alexander Boswell, was later passed on to his son, James Boswell, the biographer of the poet, Samuel Johnson. Together, Boswell and Johnson visited the house in 1773 on their way back from their journey to the Hebrides. (Photo courtesy of Auchinleck House. Used with permission.)
To the Hebrides: Samuel Johnson's Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and James Boswell's Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides by Ronald Black. $13.95. Publication: July 1, 2011. Publisher: Birlinn Ltd (July 1, 2011)
Holiday at Auchinleck House, Ochiltree, Ayrshire || Once diarist James Boswell’s family seat, this grand 18th-century country house has its own grounds, river, ice-house and grotto. The large dining room and its elaborate plasterwork makes any meal special while the library lends itself to conversation and contemplation, just as it did for James Boswell and Dr Johnson. Sleeps 13.