Loudoun: a film about landscape design in Scotland around 1700

Margaret Stewart (Producer)

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

Abstract / Description of output

‘Loudoun’ tells the story of two boys, Lord Mar and Lord Loudoun, aged 11 and 15 designing a garden in memory of their dead parents at Loudoun Castle in 1690. Around 1700 landscaping had developed under the influence of French formal gardens and landscapes were planted widely over Scotland. They remain with us now as a great but little-known national heritage.
The film aims to explore non-text based means for communicating primary research material without the intervention or distraction of the usual documentary presenter. Secondly to enhance content rather than reduce it - as is normal in most historical documentaries. About 95% of the film’s script and content is actual primary documentary research material, or based on it. It includes aerial survey, archival maps and plans (fragile architectural drawings not normally on display), animations of drawings, specially recorded contemporary music and references contemporary portraits. Its primary purpose is to demonstrate that authentic history can by communicated satisfactorily to both academic and non-expert audiences.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh UK
Media of outputFilm
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019
EventLoudoun: a film about landscape design in Scotland around 1700: Screening - University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 Jun 201921 Jun 2019

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • landscape, Scotland, formal, historic, plans, aerial photography, animation,


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