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Located on Sidegate, Haddington House is the oldest domestic building within the town centre of Haddington and dates from 1648. The canopied doorway show a date of 1680 with the initials of Alexander Maitland and his wife Katherine Cunninghame.

In 1972, Douglas, 14th Duke of Hamilton, purchased the 1.59 acres of land in Sidegate to the rear of Haddington House. These were formerly the private gardens of 17th. century Haddington House but had lapsed into a sad state of decline.

The Duke of Haddington then formed Haddington Garden Trust, having gifted the land to the Trust, becoming its first chairman until his untimely death in 1973.

Owned by the Lamp of Lothian Trust, Haddington House is leased to a local business. The stunning gardens are largely owned by Haddington Garden Trust, a local organisation with strong historic links to The Lamp of Lothian Trust.

One of the oldest houses in the town, Haddington House was saved from dereliction by The Lamp of Lothian Trust as one of its first projects in 1967 Restored in 1969 by the architect W. Schomberg Scott . For many years it was used as the Lamp's own offices but, since the mid 1990's, it has been let to provide an important source of revenue to support the Lamp's other charitable activities.

Restored in 1969 by the architect W. Schomberg Scott for the Lamp of Lothian Trust. At the rear of the house is a traditional 17th century garden, known as St. Mary's Pleasance, which is maintained by the Haddington Garden Trust. It includes a wild meadow, sunken garden, and orchard.

The coats of arms are located in the Apple House.  As yet, I have not identified whose they are. Help would be welcomed!

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• Lamp of Lothian Trust
• Haddington Garden trust

 Any contributions will be gratefully accepted





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