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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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.


Barnes Castle, East Lothian, Scotland

Barnes Castle is an unfinished castle, with a number of defensive banks, on the slope of the Garleton Hills, located 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) north-east of Haddington and close to Athelstaneford in East Lothian, Scotland. The castle was started by Sir John Seton of Barnes, diplomat at the court of Philip II of Spain and later James VI’s Treasurer of the Household and an Extraordinary Lord of Session, who died in 1594. The entrance gate was in the center of the south-west wall. It was a modern and symmetrical design for its time.


Chesters Hill Fort, East Lothian, Scotland

Chesters Hill Fort dates back approximately 2000 years. It lies about three miles north of Haddington, and five miles south west of North Berwick. The name Chesters comes from the Latin castra, meaning a fortified place. It has been suggested that the fort was a base of the Votadini tribe, allies of the Romans during the period of Roman incursion into Southern Scotland.


The So-Called Eternity Ring

Not that he needed Hilda to tell him the truth, since he already had much of it figured out. Clever man.

This is a very dark scene. So, I did the only thing I could to make the close-ups visible.

I used a whole bunch of filters.

Plus, that part of the scene obviously had better lighting. The long shots, however, are a different story. That’s the best I could do with ‘em 😔 I’m kind of ashamed to post them because he looks green. But you all are a forgiving lot and I don’t think you’ll run away screaming when you see them. They’re bad, but they’re not that bad.

16th September 1421- A Flood in Haddington

On the 16th September 1421 (the feast of St Ninian in the calendar of the Church) it is recorded that there was substantial rainfall in Lothian, causing the River Tyne to burst its banks. The subsequent flooding in the surrounding area, and in particular the burgh of Haddington, East Lothian, caused a large amount of damage, especially to the books and vestments of the church there, some of which were utterly ruined. Walter Bower, likely a Haddington man himself, recorded in his Scotichronicon that the waters were so high that large boats were able to be floated into the church, and several mills along the river were wrecked. 

In his history of the town  (‘The Lamp of Lothian’), James Miller notes that:
“Though generally of moderate breadth, averaging ten or twelve yards, and two or three feet in depth, yet being as a trough to a large extent of sloping grounds, particularly the Lammermuir range of hills to the south, the Tyne sometimes suddenly swells to great height, and overflowing its banks, does considerable damage to the labours of the husbandman.”

Certainly the flood of 1421 was neither the first nor the last of such occurrences in the burgh (in particular, the late eighteenth century saw several in a matter of a few years), and Haddington was by no means the only town that saw flooding in the Middle Ages- such events pop up now again in the records, along with other disasters, such as fires (extremely common in the flammable towns), crop failures, hard frosts, and high winds. However it makes for an interesting example and a good reminder of how ordinary people’s lives in the Middle Ages were affected as much, if not far more, by acts of god as they were by the actions of any king- rather like today.