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Oxenfoord Castle

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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Oxenfoord Castle, a seat of the Earl of Stair, in Cranston parish, Edinburghshire, near the left bank of the river Tyne, 1¼ mile N of Ford, and 4 miles ESE of Dalkeith. Remodelled towards the close of last century by Robert Adam, and subsequently much enlarged by William Burn, it is a magnificent edifice, with extensive and beautiful grounds. It contains a fine library, and portraits and paintings by Jameson, Angelica Kauffmann, Thomson of Duddingston, etc e estate, called formerly Oxfurd, from 1661 till 1706 gave the title of Viscount Oxfurd, in the peerage of Scotland, to the family of Macgill, whose heiress, Elizabeth, in 1760 married her cousin, Sir John Dalrvmple, Bart. of Cousland, a great-great-grandson of the first Viscount Stair. Their son, Sir John, in 1853 succeeded as eighth Earl of Stair.—Ord. Sur., sh. 33, 1863. See Lochinch, and John Small's Castles and Mansions of the Lothians (Edinb. 1883).

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