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Lennox Tower


(Lennox 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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Lennox Castle, a very strong ancient fortalice in Currie parish, Edinburghshire, on a rising-ground on the right bank of the Water of Leith, ¾ mile SW of Currie village. It commanded a charming view down the vale of the Water of Leith towards the Firth of Forth; had a subterranean communication with another building on the opposite bank of the river; belonged to the Earls of Lennox; was an occasional residence of Queen Mary and the Regent Morton, and a favourite hunting-seat of James VI., from whom it passed into the possession of the celebrated George Heriot; and, having fallen into decay, it became an utter ruin, now popularly known as Lymphoy.—Ord. Sur., sh. 32,

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