Ballencrieff Castle

(Ballencrieff House)

Ballencrieff Castle
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Ballencrieff Castle

Situated 2 miles (3 km) southeast of Aberlady, in the shadow of the Garleton Hills, Ballencrieff Castle was built by John Murray in 1586. It was the birthplace in 1721 of General James Murray who became the first British Governor of Canada. The castle which was visited by Dr Samuel Johnson and James Boswell in 1773, was destroyed by fire in 1868, but was restored in the 1990s and is now a family home and hotel.

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