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Fountainhall House

(Penkaet Castle)

A historical perspective, drawn from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885.

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Fountainhall, the seat of Sir Thomas H. Dick Lauder, Bart., in Pencaitland parish, Haddingtonshire, 1½ mile SW of Pencaitland village, and 5 miles SSE of Tranent. The lands of Fountainhall were acquired by Sir John Lauder, who in 1688 was created a baronet of Nova Scotia, and whose ancestors had been lairds of the Bass Rock from the 13th to the 16th century. His son, Sir John (1646-1722), an eminent lawyer and statesman, was appointed a lord of Session in 1689, with the title of Lord Fountainhall. He is remembered by his Decisions, as is his fourth descendant, Sir Thomas DickLauder (1784-1848), by his fictions and other writings. The present and ninth baronet, Sir Thomas-North DickLauder (b.1846; suc. 1867), holds 600 acres in East and 68 in Mid Lothian, valued at £1174 and £1066 per annum.—Ord. Sur., sh. 33,1863. See Sir T. DickLauder's Scottish Rivers (Edinb. 1874).

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