Duke heralds work on historic house

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The ambitious 30-year project to conserve the 18th century ruin, Penicuik House, has been given the royal seal of approval.

Last week The Queen’s cousin, the Duke of Gloucester, visited the estate to officially open the historic building.

The Duke of Gloucester visits Penicuik House

The Duke of Gloucester visits Penicuik House

The Duke, who was given a tour of the Palladian property by Lord Lieutenant Sir Robert Clerk and other members of the Penicuik House Preservation Trust, officially unveiled a plaque.

The bottom of the plaque reads ‘ex incendio lux’ – ‘from the burning light’.

The house, the home of the Clerk family, was destoyed by fire in 1899 and in the subsequent years fell into disrepair.

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