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View of Thirlestane Castle. Lauder. Scottish Borders. Scotland. UK.
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Lauder is a quiet royal burgh on the A68 leading to Edinburgh and the North. The town is known for an episode in Scottish history that left the 5th Earl of Angus, Archibald Douglas, with the nickname of "Bell the Cat". In 1482, a group of noblemen, jealous of some of James III's low-born advisers, had six of the king's favourites hanged from the bridge which formerly stood on the Thirlestane Castle estate.

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  • Parish church

    Market Place GB - Lauder TD2 6SR

    Near to the tollbooth, this was built in 1673 by William Bruce following a plan in the form of a Greek cross. Inside, the galleries are decorated with heraldic coats of arms.

  • Thirlestane Castle

    A68 GB - Lauder TD2 6RU

    The castle has been the home of the Maitland family since the 16C. The original fortified house has been transformed and enlarged several times with the addition of towers and wings. The splendid main façade is a result of successive changes. The har..

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