The estate of The Binns was purchased by Thomas Dalyell in the early 17th century and parts of the interior still reflect that period, in particular the entrance front, the High Hall and King’s room. These still contain examples of some of the earliest cornices and moulding in Scotland whilst further adaptations were made by architect William Burn around 1810 adapting the building to the Scottish baronial style. The house, parkland and contents and an endowment was given to the National Trust for Scotland in 1944 and was home to Sir Tam Dalyell until his death in January 2017 with his widow continuing as NTS representative for the House of the Binns. The story of The Binns is dominated by one man – General Sir Tam Dalyell (1615- 1685) who was captured by Cromwell during the Civil War, escaped from the Tower of London and became a mercenary with Tsar Alexie Mikhailovich, father of Peter the Great. Friends will hear more about the General and the lives and interests of other members of the family through an excellent run of family portraits. There is also a fine collection of furniture, mostly from the late 18th early 19th century, and blue and white porcelain and delftware.