Thirlestane Castle

Thirlestane Castle is a castle set in extensive parklands near Lauder in the Borders of Scotland. The site is aptly named Castle Hill, as it stands upon raised ground. Originally built in the 13th century as a fort to protect Edinburgh from attackers from the south, Thirlestane Castle has a long and illustrious history. Remodeled many times, resulting in the magnificent property it is today, the Castle is most well known because of its former owner John Maitland, the 1st Duke and 2nd Earl of Lauderdale. Born the 2nd Earl of Lauderdale, he was an important figure in the Royalist movement of the 17th Century, which landed him in the Tower of London for nine years. Upon the restoration of Charles II he was appointed Secretary of State of Scotland, and remained a close confidant and concellor to the King throughout the rest of his life, residing at Whitehall and named Duke upon his marriage to the Countess of Dysart. The grounds are a beautiful and enjoyable mix of views of the Lammermuir Hills, formal gardens, and woodlands with picnic tables. Enjoy a day at this fairytale castle and its grounds and appreciate the splendour of Scottish history.

 

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