Luffness Castle, sometimes known as Luffness House or Aberlady Castle, is an inhabited castle of 13th century origin in
Luffness, not far from Aberlady, in East Lothian, Scotland. The castle is historically part of the entail of the Earls of Hopetoun.
There is evidence of a permanent
Vikingcamp at this site.
It is believed that the original castle was a significant
fortress, founded by the Gospatrick Earls of Dunbar and March. Its position allowed it to protect landings in Aberlady Bay, and Haddington, which lies a few miles inland. On the death of the crusading eighth earl, the property was presented to the church, so that a Carmelite friarywas founded in the ground in 1293.
The French built a fort around the castle in 1549 as defence against the English, and it was successful in impeding them for a time in the
War of the Rough Wooing. Mary of Guiseordered its destruction in 1552 as part of the peace arrangements, at the insistence of the Earl of Hertford.
ReformationSir Patrick Hepburnof Waughton acquired the property, and the Hepburn Earls of Bothwellgained possession in due time. Mary, Queen of Scots visited Luffness in the company of her third husband, James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell.
It was purchased for £8,350 in 1739 by the 1st Earl of Hopetoun, whose family owns it still.
The house, which lies in a wooded estate not far from
Aberlady Bay, is now a T-plan building, incorporating the 16th century tower house. It was added to and altered in the Victorian and Edwardianperiods. A moat, earthworks, a stair-tower, gun-loops, and a turretremain from earlier periods.
The walled fruit garden was built by
Prisoners of Warof the Napoleonic Wars.
List of places in East Lothian
* [http://www.luffnesscastle.co.uk Luffness Castle website]
*Lindsay, Maurice "The Castles of Scotland", Constable & Co. 1986
*Coventry, Martin "The Castles of Scotland", Goblinshead 1995
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