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Lauriston 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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Lauriston Castle, a mansion in Cramond parish, Edinburghshire, on an eminence, ½ mile NNW of Davidson's Mains and 3¾ miles WNW of Edinburgh. Built in the latter part of the 16th century by Archibald Napier, a younger brother of the inventor of logarithms, it was enlarged in 1845, and has very beautiful pleasure-grounds. It was the residence of the famous financier, John Law (1671-1729), and of the Right Hon. Andrew Lord Rutherford (1791-1854); and it now is the seat of Thomas Macknight Crawfurd, Esq. of Cartsburn (b. 1820), who holds 32 acres in Edinburghshire, valued at £236 per annum.—Ord. Sur., sh. 32, 1857. See J. P. Woods History of Cramond (Edinb. 1794), and John Smalls Castles and Mansions of the Lothians (Edinb. 1883).

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