Thirlestane Castle

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Thirlestane Castle

 

Thirlestane Castle.

A magnificent 16th Century Castle set in a magnificent parkland landscape, the family home of the Duke of Lauderdale. The land has been in the ownership of the Maitland family since 1587, and Thirlestane served as the seat of the Earls of Lauderdale. The castle was substantially extended in the 1670s and further additions were made in the 19th century. The castle is now cared for by a charitable trust, and is open to the public.
The Maitlands
The Maitlands came to Britain with William the Conqueror in 1066, originally settling in Northumberland. Sir John Maitland, Secretary of Scotland, who acquired Thirlestane in 1587 was appointed Lord Chancellor of Scotland and was ennobled as Lord Maitland of Thirlestane.
This new house near Lauder was to replace the Maitland’s original but now decaying Thirlestane Castle, situated a mile to the south, the ruins of which are still extant .
Captain Gerald Maitland-Carew inherited the castle in 1972 from his maternal grandmother, Ethel, Countess of Lauderdale, wife of the15th Earl. At this time, the castle was in a serious state of disrepair and required extensive renovation. In 1984 the castle was gifted to a charitable trust , to ensure its preservation, and major repairs were carried out, assisted by financial grants awarded by the Historic Buildings Council and the National Heritage Fund.
In addition to the grounds, the castle itself and its interiors, Thirlestane is noted for fine collections of paintings , furniture and porcelain.
Thirlestane is normally open to the public from April until September.

For opening times and admissions visit > http://thirlestanecastle.co.uk/visiting-the-castle <
For Visit Scotland link visit> http://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/thirlestane-castle-p248661 <