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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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Harviestoun, an estate in Tillicoultry parish, Clackmannanshire, at the southern base of the Ochils, 1¼ mile ENE of the town. Its present mansion, Harviestoun Castle, was built in 1804 by Crawfurd Tait, Esq. (1765-1832), whose youngest son, Archibald (1811-82), Archbishop of Canterbury, spent much of his boyhood here. It is an elegant edifice, with finely-wooded grounds, and was greatly improved by Sir Andrew Orr (1802-74), who, having bought the estate in 1859, added a new tower and porch, and formed two beautiful approaches leading from Tillicoultry and Dollar. His brother and successor, James Orr, Esq. (b. 1812), holds 4726 acres in the shire, valued at £4013 per annum. It was during a ten days' visit to Harviestoun in the summer of 1787, that Robert Burns saw Charlotte Hamilton, the 'fairest maid on Devon banks,' and a cousin-german of Mr C. Tait.—Ord. Sur., sh. 39, 1869.

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