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Hundy Mundy

A Gothic folly built to complete the designed vista which extends southeast from Mellerstain in the Scottish Borders, Hundy Mundy occupies a spectacular location a mile (1.5 km) northeast of Smailholm and 5 miles (8 km) northwest of Kelso. Begun in 1726 and comprising a tall archway between square towers, which are capped by pyramids, it was the work of William Adam (1689 - 1748) who had been the architect of Mellerstain itself. It was constructed using stone from the old tower house which had once commanded the area. This tower had supposedly been occupied by a Pictish Princess called Hunimundias, but the children of Mellerstain preferred Hundy Mundy and that was the name which stuck.

The folly now forms the centrepiece of a natural burial site, known as Hundy Mundy Wood, but remains the property of the Mellerstain Estate.


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