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Leny House

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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Leny, a mansion and a mountain pass in Callander parish, Perthshire. The mansion, 1 mile NW of Callander village, in a small romantic glen with a waterfall, was enlarged and beturreted towards the middle of the present century. Its owner, John Buchanan Hamilton, Esq., F.R.S., of Bardowie and Spittal (b. 1822), holds 3330 acres in Perth, 582 in Stirling, and 150 in Dumbarton shires, valued at £1334, £926, and £220 per annum. The Pass of Leny, 2½ miles WNW of Callander, strikes north-by-westward to Loch Lubnaig; takes up the Callander and Oban railway; is traversed by the impetuous northern head-stream of the Teith; and has a narrow, alpine character, flanked by wooded precipices, and overhung on the W side by the bold acclivi. ties of Ben Ledi (2875 feet). It formed in olden times a portal to the Highlands, so strong that a few brave men could have held it against an army, and is described by Sir Walter Scott in his Legeen of Montrose.—Ord. Sur., sh. 38, 1871.

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