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Photographs of houses in the vicinity of Lauriston Castle

Photographs of houses in the vicinity of Lauriston Castle
Photographs of houses in the vicinity of Lauriston Castle
This exhibition features a volume of 59 images dated between 1875 and 1900, but compiled in 1909. The photographs depict a variety of properties, mostly residential, in the area around Lauriston Castle. The book has the armorial bookplate of Macknight Crawfurd of Cartsburn, Lauriston Castle, on the inside cover. Thomas Macknight Crawfurd of Cartsburn and Lauriston Castle, 8th Baron of Cartsburn was Lauriston's penultimate resident from 1871 to 1902 before William Robert and Margaret Reid who bequeathed the Castle to the nation.

As the title suggests these photographs were taken in a relatively small area and highlight different properties that were in the area at that time. There is a range of dwellings depicted, ranging from grand stately homes to workers' cottages.

Many of these buildings still exist although their purpose may have changed. Others have since disappeared. You may be familiar with some of the place names which are still in use but some locations, such as Muirhouse, Pennywell and Royston look quite different today.