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Posted: Thursday 15 July, 2010

by Rosemary at 11:31am in Anything goes 1 comment Add your own

After "finding" the lintel stone at Dalmore inscribed with JW1887ED, we were curious about the intials. We wondered if it was perhaps the original occupants - perhaps a marriage stone or the builder's initials.

It turns out that JW ED stands for John William Earl (of) Dalhousie. John William Maule Ramsay was the 13th Earl of Dalhousie KT PC, born 29th January 1847, died 25th November 1887. He succeeded his father in 1880 and in the seven years until his untimely death aged 40, he was a great builder and improver of the Panmure estate, spending and estimated £150,000 on new buildings and other improvements. Much of the funding would have come from revenues from coal mining on the Dalhousie Estates in Midlothian.

It seems many former Estate farm buildings have similar inscriptions - JW[date}ED for those built between 1880 and 1887 by John William and FM[date]ED on those built in the 1870s by Fox Maule-Ramsay, second Baron Panmure and 11th Earl of Dalhousie.

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Wanda Wood

Monday 19 July, 2010 at 8:52am

This is so very interesting! I am curious; have you found anything interesting in the walls as they are being torn down? We have a TV show here in the states, called, If Walls Could Talk. It is about people finding things in old homes they are restoring. Your place reminds me of that. It all sounds so exciting!!!

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