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Nunraw Castle, a mansion at the NE border of Garvald parish, Haddingtonshire, ½ mile ESE of Garvald village, 3½ miles ENE of Gifford, and 7 S by E of East Linton. Standing on the western edge of a deep and precipitous glen, it was built about the middle of the 15th century as a peelhouse or fortalice on lands belonging to the Cistercian nunnery of Abbey, near Haddington. Although it has been modernised, it still is a fine old building. The work of renovation laid bare the painted ceiling of its old refectory, bearing date 1461, and emblazoned with the arms of the kings of Arragon, Navarre, Egypt, etc. The estate was purchased from R. J. A. Hay, Esq.of Linplum, in 1880, by Walter Wingate Hay, Esq. (b. 1856).—Ord. Sur., sh. 33, 1863. See John Small's Castles and Mansions of the Lothians (Edinb. 1883).

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