Lennoxlove House, Haddington

Dating back to the middle ages, Lennoxlove House reflects the myriad of family, political and social influences that have shaped Scottish history. Owned originally by the Maitland family and later by the Blantyres, since 1946 it has been the seat of the Dukes of Hamilton who brought from Hamilton Palace an extensive inheritance of historic furnishings and art.  Mary Queen of Scots and Chopin are both reputed to have slept here. The barrel-vaulted Great Hall is in the oldest, 14th Century, part of the house.

Garleton Castle from the east

Garleton Castle belonged to the Lindsay family. It subsequently passed to the Towers of Innerleithen, and was sold by them to the Setons. Sir John Seton of Garleton was given the property by his father George Seton, 3rd Earl of Winton. By 1885 it could be described as a fragmentary ruin.

It is said the building was haunted by an apparition of a man at one point, while the sound of heavy footsteps is said to have been heard. It is possible that Sir David Lyndsay, who wrote Ane Pleasant Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis was born in an earlier building at this site, in 1486.

The remains are of a courtyard castle, dating from the sixteenth century, about 1.5 miles north of Haddington, just north of the Garleton Hills in East Lothian, Scotland.

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Nungate Bridge and Doo’cot,

Old Nungate Bridge carried a main route into Scotland over the river Tyne. A bridge has existed on the site since the 13th century but the present structure dates from about 1550. It is thus one of the oldest bridges in Scotland. It consists of three red sandstone arches and is 30 m. long. Masons’ marks on the stone suggest it may have been removed from ruined parts of the nearby St. Mary’s church. An iron hook remains in one of the arches from which criminals were hung. The bridge is now used only by pedestrians.

St Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington

While down at Haddington yesterday I took a wander around this imposing building, dating back to the 14th century, one of the three great pre-Reformation churches of the Lothians, known as ‘The Lamp of Lothian’, it is the longest parish church in Scotland at 206 feet (62.8 metres),testimony that Haddington  was once the fourth biggest city . Founded as a Collegiate Church in 1380, and taking over one hundred years to build, the church was largely ruined during the Siege of Haddington of 1548 following the ‘Rough Wooing’ by Henry VIII of England. The nave was repaired in 1561 for John Knox and the Reformers and used as the parish church for almost 400 years. The transepts and choir were restored by Ian G Lindsay & Partners in 1973, bringing the whole building back into use.

Overnight shootings leave one man dead, another critically wounded

Overnight shootings leave one man dead, another critically wounded

Two men were shot in separate incidents reported overnight in North Philadelphia and West Philadelphia.

Police rushed a 35-year-old shooting victim to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania following an incident reported late Sunday night in the Haddington section of West Philadelphia, but he did not survive.

The man had been shot in the chest shortly before midnight in the area of North…

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