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Fa'side Castle


(Falside Castle, Fawside 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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Falside Castle, an ancient peel-tower in Tranent parish, Haddingtonshire, 2 miles SW of Tranent town, and 2¾ ESE of Musselburgh. The E part of its stone vaulted roof remains; and a building, a little to the SW, though later, is quite as ruinous. Standing high, 420 feet above sea-level, Falside commands on a clear day a glorious view of the Pentlands, Arthur's Seat, the Firth of Forth, North Berwick Law, and the Bass. Early in the 14th century, under King Robert the Bruce, the lands of Falside were forfeited by Alexander de Such, who had married a daughter of Roger de Quincy, Earl of Winchester; and they came then to the great Seton family, one of whose younger branches styled themselves Setons of Falside. A spot near the castle was the scene of a disastrous skirmish in 1547, on the day before the battle of Pinkie.—Ord. Sur., sh. 32, 1857.

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