Preston Hall

Preston Hall
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Preston Hall

Preston Hall is a fine late 18th C. mansion, which lies ¾ mile (1.2 km) north of Pathhead in Midlothian. Located in scenic parkland, which borders the Tyne Water, the current structure is the second on this site. The first Preston Hall was built c.1700 and extended in 1738 by William Adam (1689 - 1748) for the Dowager Duchess of Gordon. It was later home to her son General Lord Adam Gordon (c.1726 - 1801).

The present house was begun shortly after Alexander Callander bought the estate in 1789, having returned to Scotland with a fortune made in India. The architect was Robert Mitchell, whose seven-bay structure presents fine elevations both to the entrance-front and garden at the rear. Mitchell appears to have retained Adam's pavilions and modified these to fit his design for the new main block. The rebuilding was completed c.1794. Preston Hall remains in the Callander family.

A vista has been created from the north front towards a folly in the form of a temple on the hillock beyond.

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