Barony Castle

(Black Barony Castle, Darn Hall, Darnhall)

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Darnhall, a seat of Lord Elibank in Eddlestone parish, Peeblesshire, on a rising-ground, ½ mile WNW of Eddlestone station. Originally a Border tower, from 1412 the seat of the Murrays of Haltoun or Blackbarony, it was greatly added to in the first half of the 17th century, and now is a massive square chateau-like edifice, with beautiful grounds and a fine old limetree avenue. Montolieu-Fox Oliphant-Murray, tenth Baron Elibank since 1643 (b. 1840; suc. 1871), holds 2660 acres in the shire, valued at £2297 per annum. See Elibank, Ballencrieff, and Pitheavles.

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