Monday, 12 January 2009

History of the garden

Rosmarinus officinalis “Rosemarie”
“If a garland be put about the heade, it is good for infirmities of the heade and braine”
Gerard 1597

Haddington Garden Trust (HGT) was established by the late Duke of Hamilton in 1972. The trust’s aims are to: “preserve the garden as an open precinct to enhance the environment of
St Mary’s Church and Haddington House, and for the enjoyment in all times coming of members of the public, and to encourage the study of old Scottish gardens and gardening methods.”

The garden occupies the ground at the rear of Haddington House, which dates from 1648 and is located in Sidegate, one of the oldest streets in the Royal Burgh of Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland. (Postcode EH41 4BU)

The garden is known as St Mary’s Pleasance.
It is planted with trees and plants known to have been in cultivation in Scotland when Haddington House was built. The garden contains a “mount” and “sunk garden”, both period features of a 17th century garden. Other features include pleached allées of laburnum and boxed hornbeam and a wildflower meadow.

The garden has an area of 0.65 hectares (1.59 acres). It was designed by the architect Schomberg Scott to a specification of the late Sir George Taylor, former Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
All photographs copyright of Anna K Dickie


  1. Thank you so much for this lovely summary of Haddington House Garden. I often visit it when I am in Haddington and remember Sir George Taylor and my father-in-law the 14th Duke of Hamilton with much affection.
    June Douglas-Hamilton

  2. My favourite place to spend some time when I come to Haddington. So very peaceful and clears your mind of other things.