Leith Hall looks so symmetrical and homogeneous, that one would be excused for thinking that it was all built at one time. In fact, the four wings of the building and the bits and pieces that connect them, were built over a period of more than 200 years. The original wing, as we shall see, was a fortified 17th century tower-house, and the subsequent additions have been built around the original courtyard in a matching style - which is unusual, because 18th and 19th century builders all too often wanted to demonstrate that their Scottish patrons had moved on from being 'robber-barons' and were now civilised and genteel country gentlemen like their English neighbours!
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