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Stenhouse Mansion

Located in Stenhouse Mill Crescent, Edinburgh, to the south of Gorgie Road, Stenhouse Mansion lies 2½ miles (4 km) southwest of the city centre. An F-plan mansion built by the Stanhope family not long after they were rented land here by Holyrood Abbey in 1511. The property passed to Edinburgh Burgess and merchant Patrick Ellis, who extended the original house to the south in 1623. His initials, arms and the oft-used inscription 'Blissit Be God For Al His Gifts' appears over the door. The house was saved from ruin by being given to the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) in 1937 by the Greyhound Racing Trust, and was restored by Iain Lindsay 1937-39 and 1962-65. Still owned by the NTS, the house now serves as the conservation centre for Historic Environment Scotland.


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