Ingliston House

Ingliston House
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Ingliston House

A modest Baronial edifice, Ingliston House lies a half-mile (1 km) southwest of Edinburgh Airport and 8 miles (13 km) west of the city centre. It serves as the headquarters of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS). The house was built in grey-buff ashlar for William Mitchell-Innes, a Director of the Bank of Scotland, by Brown and Wardrop in 1846. It features pepper-pot turrets and a cap-house with crow-stepped gables above the entrance. The interior includes mock Jacobean ceilings and the drawing room has a fine white marble chimney-piece.

The estate has changed hands many times. During the 16th century it was part of the lands of Torphichen Preceptory and the Sandilands but it passed quickly through than hands of the Inglis, Wallace and Smollett families before becoming the property of the Earls of Hopetoun in 1744. It was sold to Mitchell-Innes in 1844 and, although the two estate farms were sold off in 1872, the remainder of the estate passed through six further owners before being purchased by the RHASS in 1958 to provide a permanent venue for the Royal Highland Show. It now provides a showground for events throughout the year, which once also incorporated Scotland's only motor-racing circuit (opened in 1965 and operational until 1992).

In the 17th century, a Roman milestone was discovered here by Sir Robert Sibbald (1641 - 1722).

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