Hopetoun House is situated 3 miles
west of Queensferry, 13 miles
west of Edinburgh.
Hopetoun House is open for visits
April to September, 10.30 - 17.00, Group
bookings all year. Postcode: EH30
See also a large Click On
Map for the area Top Attractions.
The image top is of the east side entrance,
only way in for Visitors.
The second image is the first view you get
of Hopetoun House when driving round to the Car
The Third image is of the Main Building,
with the original Hopetoun House completed in
1707 to designs of Sir William Bruce.
Note the Fourth Floor, that was added to the
original Building at a later date.
As well as viewing the Main Rooms, you can
go onto the Roof for views west to the
Fountain, and east to the Forth Bridges at
The Estate was acquired by the Hope family
in the mid 1600s. The Hopes accumulated their
wealth as Merchants, in the Military, as
Lawyers, and gaining high Government
They extended the original House into what
is now claimed to be the largest Mansion in
The Hopetoun House Preservation Trust took
over the House in 1974 to preserve the House
The House is now open to day visitors, has
an excellent Cafe/Restaurant, can be booked for
Weddings, Corporate Events, Charity Events, and
hosts various Events throughout the year.
1500s - Hope family gain wealth as Merchants
with property and land in and around
1573–1646 - Sir Thomas Hope, 1st Baronet of
Craighall, becomes Chief Legal Officer for the
Scottish Government and King.
1614 - Sir Thomas Hope has a son named
1646 - Sir Thomas Hope dies, buried in
Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh.
James Hope becomes a Politician involved in
Negotiations during the English Civil War
1642–1651. He is also involved in Industries
such as Mineral Mining.
1661 - James Hope dies of Flanders fever, he
is succeeded by his son John.
1680 - John Hope, purchases the barony of
Niddry Castle from George Seton.
1682 - John Hope dies after the ship HMS
Gloucester runs aground in England.
1682 - John Hope's son Charles becomes the
1st Earl of Hopetoun.
Charles Hope supported the Union with
England, served as a Scottish representative
Peer at Westminster, acted as Lord High
Commissioner to the General Assembly of the
Church of Scotland, was Governor of the Bank of
Scotland, and was created a Knight of the
1688 - 1746 - the Jacobite risings are the
last Wars in the UK, taking place as Hopetoun
House is being designed and built.
1699 - 1707 - the original Hopetoun House is
built to designs of Sir William Bruce.
1721 - Hopetoun House is extended to designs
of William Adam.
1742 - Charles Hope, 1st Earl of Hopetoun
dies, his son John takes the title.
1767 - Hopetoun House is completed to what
can be seen today, with the last additions
being designed by John and Robert Adam.
1781 - John Hope, 2nd Earl of Hopetoun dies,
he was a legal representative.
1816 - James Hope-Johnstone, 3rd Earl of
Hopetoun dies, he was a peer that represented
Scotland in the House of Lords in London.
1822 - George IV visited Hopetoun House at
the end of his State Visit to Scotland.
1823 - John Hope, 4th Earl of Hopetoun dies,
he was a General in the British Army seeing
action around the world.
1843 - John Hope, 5th Earl of Hopetoun
1873 - John Alexander Hope, 6th Earl of
1908 - John Hope, 7th Earl of Hopetoun dies,
he was created the 1st Marquess of Linlithgow
after serving as Governor of Victoria,
Australia aged 29, and later became Queen
Victoria’s Lord Chamberlain.
1952 - Victor Hope, 8th Earl of Hopetoun
dies. He was Civil Lord of the Admiralty from
1922 to 1924, chaired the Royal Commission on
Agriculture in India from 1926 to 1928, was
made Knight of the Order of the Thistle in
1928, chaired the Committee on Indian
Constitutional Reform in 1933, helped formulate
the Government of India Act of 1935, was
Viceroy and Governor General of India from 1936
to 1943, was created a Knight of the Order of
the Garter, was the Chancellor of Edinburgh
University from 1944 until his death, and
Chairman of Midland Bank.
1987, Charles Hope, 9th Earl of Hopetoun
dies, he served in the Second World War,
winning a Military Cross. He was taken prisoner
with the 51st (Highland) Division in 1940 and
held at Colditz Castle. He became a partner in
the London stockbrokers Joseph Sebag, and a
director of Eagle Star Insurance.
1946 - Adrian John Charles Hope, 10th Earl
of Hopetoun and 4th Marquess of Linlithgow is
1969 - Andrew Christopher Victor Arthur
Charles Hope, 11th Earl of Hopetoun is
1974 - The Hopetoun House Preservation Trust
took over the House, seeing day visits begin
and the House used for events to help fund the
huge upkeep of such a large property.
Adrian John Charles Hope, Marquess of
Linlithgow, currently lives on Hopetoun
Andrew Christopher Victor Arthur Charles
Hope, 11th Earl of Hopetoun, lives in the south
wing of Hopetoun House.