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Dreghorn Barracks

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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Dreghorn Castle, a 17th century mansion, twice enlarged within the last 80 years, in Colinton parish, Edinburghshire, at the northern base of the Pentlands, ½ mile SE of Colinton village. The estate, whence John Maclanrin (1734-96) assumed the title of Lord Dreghorn on his elevation to the bench, belonged in 1671 to Sir William Murray, Master of Works to Charles II., and in 1720 to the Homes, whose tutor, the poet David Mallet, here wrote the famous ballad of William and Margaret. Afterwards it passed to the Trotters, and now is owned by Robert Andrew Macfie, Esq., who, born in 1811, was member for Leith from 1868 to 1874, and who holds 968 acres in the shire, valued at £2136 per annum. In Sept. 1881 Dreghorn Castle was honoured by a visit from Kalakaua, King of the Hawaiian Islands.

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