Thanks, Terry and Sandra, for your comments. It's
helpful to be told when info is unreliable. Guidebooks can certainly
introduce and perpetuate errors. Some are easier to spot than
NOTE: The comments from Terry and Sandra above
are consistent with the C16 history of Tweeddale Court given in the book
'The Buildings of Scotland - Edinburgh' (John
Gifford et al), a book that I've found to be reliable in
There is only a minor difference. The book, in fact,
refers to inheritance by John Laing in 1585: Terry and Sandra refer to in
heritance by John Layng in 1586.
REPLY FROM TERRY & SANDRA: Terry and Sandra
replied on 30 August 2013,, telling me:
(a) Sir Neill Layng died in December 1585 and his
Will was administered in 1586.
(b) Sir Neill Layng was the brother of Terry's (or
was it Sandra's?) 9x great grandfather.
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: August 29+30, 2013