Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

I love photographs with a story attached and the photographs that I will show you today really do have a story.

I chose this as my main photograph because for many, this is where the story begins.

On the quayside at Eyemouth, there is this most attractive trailer: attractive and intriguing. It shows cartoon pictures of pirates and a house, (in reality) visible across the harbour,

The story continues in the workshops ....

Please be patient and continue with the story.
Kind regards,

Unfortunately, the workshop, showing Gunsgreen House will not load. (I had this problem earlier in the week).
So, I will give you the information which would have been with the w/s photograph and hope that it will load later! 😥😥

This is Gunsgreen House, with excellent commanding views over Eyemouth Harbour and the extended bay.

Gunsgreen House was designed by John Adam - one of the most famous and expensive architects of the day - for a local man named John Nisbet.
By day, Nisbet was a local merchant, but by night he was a notorious smuggler.

The house was specially adapted for his ‘special requirements’. The large cellars lead direct to the sea to receive their illegal overseas deliveries. Goods such as brandy and tobacco were highly taxed by the British government to raise money for their war chest. Tea was taxed particularly highly, at 119%, and it was this that Nisbet made most of his money from. The house was equipped with secret ‘tea chute’ behind the walls where the loose tea was stored away from prying eyes.

Goods came into Scotland from Europe as far away as Sweden, where tea came via Scottish merchants John Sibbald and Henry Greig, Scottish Merchants in Gothenburg. This was totally against the law. All tea had to come directly from China.

Eventually Nisbet was arrested and lost his fortune but his specially built smugglers' house is still there to lay testimony to his illegal activities.

The house can be explored, all except the top floor, which is rented out to visitors. On this top floor, there is a cavity, where at least three men could have hidden detection. Of course, only a photograph can be seen of this area.

It is an interesting glimpse into Eyemouth's past, where smuggling was rife!
Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8251 W: 345 N: 19045] (75330)
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