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The House O’ the Binns. My dream home. It is the House of the Dalyell family. It was originally purchased in the 1600s by Thomas Dalyell, who made his wealth selling butter from Orkney to Leith. Thomas married the daughter of Lord Kinloss, who was James VI’s Master of the Rolls in London, through which Dalyell became the deputy and became part of the landed gentry. Here is ANOTHER story of a homeowner who spent a small fortune renovating his entire house into a palace in hopes of a visit from Charles I, which never happened. So now, we have the whole town of Linlithgow, Linlithgow Palace, Argyll’s Lodging AND the House of the Binns that were redone for Charles I and he never showed up.
Later, towers and wings continued to be added the house, some of which was inspired by Sir Walter Scott, who was a family friend. This is when it got it’s distinctive style.
In 1944, Eleanor Dalyell gave the house to the National Trust for Scotland, which allowed the family to remain living in the house. Until his recent death, the former MP for Linlithgow, Sir Tam Dalyell and his family lived in the western range.
Going back to the 1600s, Thomas’s son, Tam was a famous general who served Charles I and II, who eventually became the Commander-in-Chief in Scotland. When you tour The House of the Binn’s, there is a table that Tam is said to have played cards with the devil on. The story goes that normally the devil would always beat Tam, but one night Tam won. The devil was so enraged by this that he threw a marble table at Tam’s head, but he missed and it flew into the pond. Two hundred years later, around 1870, a marble table was found in the Sargeant’s Pond during a drought. Apparently, around the 1930s, Eleanor Dalyell asked a tradesman who was about to retire to fix the table. It turns out, this man’s first job was to pull the table out of the pond. What a coincidence! #themoreyouknow#houseofthebinns