Open day for the Haining in Selkirk

Loch3Selkirk’s Palladian mansion, the Haining, throws open is doors to the public on Saturday (September 17).

The estate has recently benefitted from a new pedestrian access at West Port car park to paths around the loch and woodlands.

The open day – from 11.30am to 3pm provides a rare opportunity to see some of the rooms inside the imposing building and to catch up with news on the furutre plans for the house an grounds.

Former owner, Andrew Nimmo-Smith developed a vision for the future of the Haining which would allow others to share the enjoyment of this beautiful estate.  On his death in 2009, the Haining Estate was bequeathed to the people of Selkirkshire and the wider public.

His executors are tasked with developing a sustainable plan for the regeneration of The Haining that will preserve the heritage, culture, archaeology and amenity of the estate for the public.

The Haining Charitable Trust has made good progress in the early phases of the regeneration of the estate.  As one of these first phases, the trust has been working in conjunction with Scottish Borders Council (SBC) and the Criminal Justice Team to develop new pathways around the loch along with new interpretation boards.

The routes provide a great opportunity for locals and visitors to enjoy the beautifully designed landscape which includes unusual features such as ‘The Lairds Oak’ and the ‘Walking Tree’ as well as an abundance of woodland birds and fungi.

Susan Edington, Trustee for the Haining Charitable Trust said: “As well as the new path network, I am delighted that we have the opportunity to provide a new pedestrian access point into the estate from the town centre.  The designed parkland and loch are a beautiful legacy of early developments of the estate and recognised by Historic Scotland in their Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes.

“I would like to thank the trustees and the people of Selkirk for their continued support in these exciting early stages to redevelop the Haining.”

The A-listed 18th -century Mansion House and Stables overlook the scenic Haining Loch.  Records of the estate date from the C15th, but there is evidence of settlement on Pele Hill since the C12th.  The site of Selkirk Castle on the hill is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

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  1. Tom Moss says:

    Good afternoon,
    Just read the article and found it very interesting. I note that there are records from the C15th and would ask if they contain any mention of Robert Scott of Haining. He was, I think, the Deputy Scottish West March Warden and presided for the Scots at the ‘Day of Truce’ at the Kershope Burn in March 1596. Following the Truce Kinmont Willie Armstrong was illegally captured by the English.
    Am I on the right track here or am I referring to another person in Robert Scott?
    Unfortunately I will not be able to visit tomorrow (17th) and wish I had known earlier.
    Are the records available to view and, if so, are there other dates planned for open days in the future?
    Thanks and regards,
    Tom Moss.
    P.S. I have written a book about Kinmont Willie’s capture and rescue and am curious to know if the Robert Scott of Haining mentioned in the primary sources for the incident came from your Haining.

  2. P Cosgrove says:

    As a young Scot, it was my good fortune to live in the Haining mansion for several years. To grow up in such a magnificent setting was reward enough for any young boy and I shall always be grateful for the opportunity given my family by Mr Nimmo-Smith of Edinburgh.

  3. BENOIT says:

    Good Morning,
    I am trying to contact the Cosgrove Family which was living in The Haining back in the 1959/1960.
    As a matter of facts I spent a month there at this time ,probably in july 1960.I was there to improve my english and I do have very nice souvenirs of my stay there .There was Mr and Mrs Cosgrove,an uncle
    two aunts ,A boy an a girl ,two twins girls.
    I spent my time running in the hills after rabbits and pigeons and learning english.A wonderful time.
    I would very much like to know if you are from this family.
    Let me know
    Thanks and regards
    Alain BEBOIT
    7 rue de l’orangerie

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