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Gifford Buildings, East Lothian
Buildings in eastern Scotland – Architectural Developments + Property
The village takes its name from the 13th-century Sir Hugo de Giffard of Yester, whose ancient Scoto-Norman family possessed the baronies of Yester, Morham, and Duncanlaw in Haddingtonshire, and Tayling and Poldame in the counties of Perthshire and Forfar.
View east down High St towards Gifford church
The earliest recorded presence of a church in the area is in 1241, the ruins of which lie in the woods beside Yester House, to the south-west of the village centre. A church also once stood at Duncanlaw, a former settlement to the south-east of the main village. The present building (in the centre of the village) was built in 1710.
Yester House, just south of Gifford
James Smith and Alexander MacGill, with interventions by William & Robert Adam
Gifford house : The Rink
Date built: 1963
Design: Campbell & Arnott Architects
The occupant at the time of writing is charming architect Ian Arnott, who used to run the architecture practice that built the house (and two houses I have lived in, Editor Adrian Welch)
The first Hugo de Giffard’s grandson, Hugh de Giffard, was a noted magician who built Yester Castle (half a mile south-east of the present-day Yester House), the ruins and an underground chamber (the ‘Goblin Ha’) of which can be seen in Yester Wood. The same Hobgoblin Hall featured in the poem “Marmion” by Walter Scott.
The Mercat Cross was built in 1780 and is still standing in the centre of the village.
Gifford restaurants – reviews : Goblin Ha’ Hotel + Tweeddale Arms Hotel
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132 Princes Street Offices, Edinburgh, South East Scotland
photograph : David Cadzow, Cadzow / Pelosi
132 Princes Street Offices
Ayr Riverside Development, South West Scotland
Architects: Keppie Design ; Masterplan by Niall McLaughlin Architects
image courtesy of architects
Ayr Riverside Office Building
Traquair, Scottish Borders
photo © Adrian Welch
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