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Kinneil (1)

Now here's an interesting place - a place that is not what it looks like at first sight. This is Kinneil House or Palace, which stands in what is now a public park, at the west end of Borrowstounness (or Bo'ness as we usually call it these days) - a small town west of Edinburgh, on the south shore of the Firth of Forth, and just to the east of the sprawling oil refineries at Grangemouth.

 

Usually but not always, in Britain anyway, palaces are the residences of royalty and bishops, but the word is occasionally used to describe other grand aristocratic mansions. Kinneil has not always been called a palace, but it has been for centuries the home of one of Scotland's more influential aristocratic families - the Hamiltons.

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Taken on August 2, 2011