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Dalmahoy (Gael. dail-ma-thuath, 'field to the north'), a mansion in Ratho parish, Edinburghshire, 1½ mile S by E of Ratho village, and 2½ miles W by N of Curriehill station. Built partly in the early years of last century, partly at subsequent periods, it has grounds of great beauty, commanding fine distant views, and open to strangers. The estate, having belonged from 1296 and earlier to the family of Dalmahoy, passed in the middle of the 17th century to the Dalrymples, from whom it was purchased about 1750 by the seventeenth Earl of Morton; and Dalmahoy is now the chief seat of SholtoJohn Douglas, twentieth Earl of Morton since 1458 (b. 1818; suc. 1858), who holds 8944 acres in the shire, valued at £9041 per annum. (See also Aberdour and Cona.) Dalmahoy Crags, overlooking the Caledonian railway 1¼ mile SSW of Dalmahoy House, rise to an altitude of 680 feet above sea-level, stoop precipitously to the W, and constitute a grand feature in the general landscape of the Western Lothians. Dalmahoy has an Episcopal chapel, St Mary's.

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