Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Duddingstone House

Travellers on the road from South Queensferry to Bo'ness might, if they glance up at the trees on top of the hill, catch a glimpse of a small castle. Recent storms have brought down one or two of the trees that were planted around Duddingstone House when it was built and now almost completely conceal it from view. Duddingstone then belonged to the Dundas family and it was Gabriel Hamilton Dundas who had the farmhouse built in 1822 in the fashionable Gothic style, complete with crennelated parapets, pointed mullioned windows and corner towers. Duddingstone farm house is an exquisite minature castle. In around 1830 Gabriel Hamilton Dundas sold Duddingstone Farm with its new house to his neighbour John Hope, the fifth Earl of Hopetoun. Duddingstone remains part of the Hopetoun Estate and the Gothic farm house is lived in by the tenant farmer.