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HYNDFORD'S CLOSE

The seventeenth century mansion of the Carmichaels stood here.

The Earl of Selkirk resided here, as did the inventor Daniel Rutherford who developed the gas lamp. He was grandfather to Sir Walter Scott who visited as a child.

Other prominent figures associated with the close include The Duchess of Gordon, a stauch Jacobite and friend of Robert Burns, and Sir Walter Scott was made mason here.

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