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Luffness 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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Luffness, a mansion in Aberlady parish, Haddingtonshire, on the left side of Peffer Burn, near its influx to Aberlady Bay, ¾ mile NE of Aberlady village, and 3½ miles WNW of Drem Junction. An old irregular building, with thick walls, tall chimneys, and crow-stepped gables, it was once surrounded by a rampart and a ditch, which have left distinct remains, and was greatly improved by the grandfather of the present proprietor, Henry Walter Hope, Esq. (b. 1839; suc. 1863), who holds 3201 acres in the shire, valued at £6908 per annum, and whose great-great-grandfather, the first Earl of Hopetoun, bought the estate in 1739 for £8350. Aberlady Bay long bore the name of Luffness Bay, and figures under that name in old records as the port of Haddington. The ran part and the ditch around Luffness mansion were part of a fortification, constructed in 1549, to straiten the English garrison in Haddington, by preventing it from receiving supplies by sea.—Ord. Sur., sh. 33, 1863. See John Small's Castles and Mansions of the Lothians (Edinb. 1883).

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