Thursday, 2 July 2009

Ancestry Tours of Gifford Scotland

Ancestry Tours of Gifford, Scotland. A Scottish village in the parish of Yester in East Lothian, Scotland. It is located 25 miles east of Edinburgh. The village takes its name from Sir Hugo de Giffard of Yester, whose ancient Scoto-Norman family possessed the baronies of Yester, Morham, and Duncanlaw in Haddingtonshire, and Tayling and Poldame in the counties of Perthshire and Forfar. The first Hugo de Giffard's grandson, Hugh de Giffard, was a noted magician who built a tower house at Yester, the ruins and an underground chamber, the Goblin Ha, can be seen in Yester Wood. The same Hobgoblin Hall featured in the poem Marmion by Walter Scott. The Mercat Cross was built in 1780 and is still standing in the centre of the village.

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