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Near Haddington

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Herdmanston HouseHerdmanston was used as a military billet during WW2, and was so extensively damaged by the "Rude and Licentious Soldiery" - mostly Polish officers in this instance, that it had to be demolished after the War.

Herdmanston House is an L-shaped house of uncertain date. The main block measures 67' x 27' and the wing 30 1/2' x 36'. The plan and area of the structure suggest a late 16th c date but the thickness of the walls perhaps indicates an earlier date. The gateways date from the late 17th or early 18th c.

Herdmanston House was completely demolished a few years ago (ie prior to 1956). An early 17th century painted ceiling was discovered in the ruin and presented to the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland [NMAS] by Lord Sinclair. Nothing remains of the East Gate, but one pillar of the West Gate is still standing (S Maxwell 1956).

Hermanston Doocot. in ruins, is a notable 17th C building close by. The remains of a chapel can also still be seen.

Andrew Douglas of Hermiston (or Herdmanston), from whom the Douglases of Dalkeith are descended, was the younger son of Archibald I, Lord of Douglas and brother of William Douglas, the grandfather of William “le Hardi” Douglas. Andrew was succeeded by his son William Douglas of Hermiston, who is listed on the Ragman Roll of 1296. James, the son of William, had two sons: Sir William Douglas, known as the Knight of Liddesdale or the Flower of Chivalry and Sir John Douglas. Sir John Douglas of Hermiston was the father of Sir Henry Douglas, Laird of Lugton & Lochleven.

Sir William St. Clair of Herdmanston who had a charter from Archibald, Earl of Douglas, confirming him in the lands of Herdmanston and Carfrae 20 January 1401." He was taken prisoner at the battle of Homildon Hill in 1402. He had a safe-conduct to England and back in September 1405, when he was hostage for the Earl of Douglas, and another safe-conduct till midsummer 1407.

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