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Linnhous


(Linnhouse)

Located 2½ miles (4 km) south of Livingston in West Lothian, on the left bank of the Linhouse Water, Linnhous (sometimes Linnhouse) was built as an L-plan tower house in 1589 by Francis Tennant. Tennant was a Provost of Edinburgh and hence the city's motto - Nisi Dominus Frustra - carved on a lintel. The property passed to the Muirhead family in 1631. A second L-plan tower-house was built in the 17th century and joined to the original to make a substantial U-plan mansion.

The entrance is via an external staircase to the first floor, into what was originally a hall - the principal room of the house. Linnhous is still occupied.


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