Old Photograph Kinneil House Scotland

Old photograph of Kinneil House located West of Bo'ness, West Lothian, Scotland. The lands of Kinneil with Larbert and Auldcathy were given to Walter Fitz Gilbert, an ancestor of the Hamilton family by Robert the Bruce in 1323. A charter of 1474 mentions a castle at Craig Lyown, and the saltpans which added to the estate income. The Castle of Lyon was nearer the sea at Snab Brae, and remembered by the name of Castleloan housing estate. Parts of an older castle, which replaced the castle at the Snab may be incorporated in the present building. James Hamilton, 1st Earl of Arran died at Kinneil in 1529, but wished to be buried at Hamilton. King James VI held court at Kinneil at Christmas in 1588 as the guest of John Hamilton, Commendator of Arbroath. The Earl of Huntly, the Earl of Crawford and the Chancellor, John Maitland, were also present.

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