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Arts and crafts in Midlothian

Midlothian is in Scotland. It has a population of around 83,000 and covers approximately 35,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: East Lothian, Edinburgh, Scottish Borders.

Midlothian (called Meadhan Lodainn in Scottish Gaelic) has its main council offices in the town of Dalkeith, where you can walk through the picturesque woodlands of Dalkeith Country Park, which also provides a habitat for a range of wildlife. Located near to the village of Pathhead and built during the late 18th century, Prestonhall is a listed mansion which is sometimes opened for guided tours and is set among parkland that has been listed among the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland. Arniston House is a Georgian mansion built during the 18th century on land once owned by the Knights Templar and is situated near to the village of Temple. Set among beautiful grounds the house can only be visited on guided tours and among its finely furnished interiors are collections of paintings and ceramics. Designed during the 19th century and surrounding a large Victorian mansion, Vogrie Country Park is a popular destination for those looking to enjoy a day out in the fresh air among the gardens and woodlands.

Overlooking Roslin Glen, Rosslyn Chapel was built in Gothic architectural style during the 15th century, with ornate stone carvings and stained glass windows and has been linked to centuries old myths and legends. Nearby Roslin Castle, sometimes called Rosslyn Castle, was built between the 14th and 17th centuries and whilst parts of it are now in ruins, some rooms have been restored with wood panelled walls and decorative plaster ceilings. Although there are no large dedicated art galleries in Midlothian, paintings owned by the local council are exhibited in public buildings such as town libraries. Other attractions in Midlothian include the Scottish Mining Museum in the village of Newtongrange, the ruins of Crichton Castle and the open spaces of the Pentland Hills, where visitors can enjoy activities such as mountain biking, horse riding, golf and skiing or snowboarding on the longest dry ski slope in Britain.

William MacTaggart

(Born 1903 in Loanhead in Midlothian), Painting

Know as William MacTaggart the Younger, so as not to be confused with hisgran father. He was a landscape painter who captured images of Scotland and countries around Europe.