IT is one of the most famous antiquarian collections in the world.

But experts at the Burrell Collection in Glasgow are hoping to add a few vital ingredients from the Scottish Borders during a major £66 million refurbishment - names.

Curator Neil Johnson-Symington is hoping to identify staff who served Sir William Burrell when he lived in his Borders castle during the first half of the 20th century.

Sir William bought Hutton Castle in 1916, but did not move in until 1927, where he lived with his art collection of some 9,000 objects until his death in 1958.

The eclectic collection, which is regarded as one of the best private collections in the world, was donated to the city of Glasgow Corporation and for the past 35 years it has been on show at a specially-designed museum in Pollok Country Park.

A new gallery is being designed within the refurbished Burrell Collection to introduce the family and offer a glimpse of what life was like at Hutton Castle.

But they have been unable to identify many of the staff featured in a series of donated photographs taken at the castle just outside Chirnside.

Claire Rocha da Cruz from the Burrell Collection: "With previously unseen photographs from the 1930s donated by Peter Clark, the son of Sir William’s former butler of the same name, we are asking the public to come forward with long forgotten family memories and anecdotes of what life was like for the Burrell’s domestic servants.

"The Burrells are understood to have employed 10 domestic servants including a butler, a cook and a liveried footman as well as gardeners, gamekeepers and chauffeurs.

"The task is now underway to identify staff depicted in some 15 photographs donated by Peter."

The new castle gallery will also feature furniture and decorative art objects.

But the interpretation for new space will focus on the lives of those who lived at Hutton Castle – primarily the Burrell family and domestic staff.

And it will offer visitors clues as to how the different rooms and collection items at the Castle were used.

Claire added: "The combination of displays inspired by the interiors of Hutton Castle along with increased interpretation will create an immersive space which will give visitors the impression of a private domestic setting, enabling them to fully appreciate the objects, just as Sir William, Lady Constance, their family and staff did."

Press clippings from the time have already given an insight into what life was like.

In October 1935, Mary Wenwick, the domestic servant, was reported as being on the wrong side of the law after being charged with using a pedal bicycle for the conveying of two persons.

Both Mary and James Stebling, farm worker at Gunsgreen Gardens pled guilty, stating they had acted out of ignorance.

They were 'dismissed with an admonition'.

At various times during the Burrells’ lives at Hutton, the following staff are known to have been employed at the castle - Peter Clark (butler), Peter Freeny (cook), Jim Guthrie (maintenance, particularly of castle generator), Erich and Maria Hofer (butler and cook), Lexie Lesenger (domestic service and office worker), James Lornie (head gardener until around time of his death in 1930), Mr Phillips (chauffeur), John Pringle (estates), Duncan Rankin (chauffeur), Mary Renwick (domestic servant), Ethel Todd Shiel (secretary), Julia Turbitt (housemaid) and Jimmy Wallace (gamekeeper).

If you know of a relative or family friend who worked for the Burrells in the 1920s, 30s or 40s or have any family anecdotes about Hutton Castle at the time, contact Claire at