Built in 1807 as the home for Robert Waugh, a local joiner who made a fortune from a Jamaican plantation. On his return, he had this house built and named it after his plantation. His Jamaican house had a flight of stairs up to the entrance in order to keep wildlife at bay and local tradition has it that he wanted his house in Melrose to have a similar type of stairway. He surrounded the house and gardens with the high wall you see today. From then on, he hardly emerged from behind the walls except for the Abbotsford Hunt and he became known locally as "Melancholy Jacques". Waugh supplied the cedar timber for the library and drawing room when Sir Walter Scott built Abbotsford House. The National Trust for Scotland now owns Harmony and the gardens are open to the public (for a voluntary contribution) between April and September.
Across from the entrance to Harmony you can see the stables and coachman's house which were both associated with Harmony. Notice the fire insurance plaque on the pediment. Before a municipal fire service was set up, private companies would fight fires only if a building displayed the appropriate fire insurance plaque. This indicated that the owner had paid the insurance firm his dues and was therefore covered from risk. Retrace your steps and turn left into Annay Road.
Pediment - a corniced gable
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