History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The original owners of the estate were the Gifford family, but it passed to the Maitlands in 1345. Today the warm pink sand-coloured stone additions, beginning with those of the 17th century, speak of its conversion into a comfortable family home.
The estate became well known when members of the family made their name in the political arena. During the 16th century Sir Richard Maitland, a poet, collector of Scottish ballads, and a judge had two sons destined to become famous. John (1545-1595) became Lord Chancellor of Scotland and was given the title Lord Thirlstane. William (1525-1573) was appointed Secretary of State by Mary, Queen of Scots when she returned from France in 1561. He married Mary Fleming, one of Queen Mary's attendants and ended his life in a Leith prison before the defeat of the Queen.
It was in 1703 that Frances Stuart bought Lethington. Wishing her name to have some kind of immortality, she changed the name of the estate to Lennoxlove in honor of her title, Duchess of Lennox. Frances never visited the house and, on her death, it passed to her cousin, Walter Stuart.
Lennoxlove is filled with fine furniture and portraits by Van Dyck, Raeburn, Lely, Canletto and others. One of the most interesting collections of china and porcelain in Scotland is found here. A famous silver casket belonging to Mary, Queen of Scots, and her death mask are on show. Holding a place of prominence is a portrait of "La Belle Stuart", the famous beauty of Charles II's Court. Today, just as Frances wished, Lennoxlove stands in tribute to her memory.
Address: Haddington, Lothian, Scotland, EH41 4NZ
Attraction Type: Historic House
Location: 1 m (1.6 km) S Haddington
Phone: 01620 823720
Historic Houses Association
OS: NT515 721
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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