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Niddrie Castle

Niddrie Castle

Niddrie Castle, which once afforded shelter to the unfortunate Mary, is now in ruins. The baron of this Castle was of old the hereditary baillie of the ecclesiastical regality of Kirkliston. "The old mansion of West Niddrie, which has long been in a state of ruin, is now the property of the Earl of Hopetoun, and was the title assumed by the late Earl, when, during the lifetime of his brother and predecessor in the Earldom, he was raised to the Peerage as Lord Niddrie."

The castle was also known as Niddry-Seton, to avoid confusion with Niddrie-Mariscal. An early 16th century, 4 storey L-plan tower. George, 3rd Lord of Seton began the building but was killed at Flodden before its completion. Queen Mary received the hospitality of the 5th Lord Seton here on the night of her escape from Loch Leven Castle in 1568.The tower was heightened by 2 stroreys in 1600, and in 1676 passed into the possession of John Hope of Hopetoun. It was abandoned 50 years later. MacGibbon and Ross drew it as a roofless shell in the late 19th century, as did Nigel Tranter in the 1960s. In the 1980s it was restored, to its original height, and is now re-occupied as a private residence.

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