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History of Ledlanet House

Ledlanet has an interesting history being built in the middle of the 19th century as a shooting lodge. Acquired by the Calder family in the 1890's it eventually became the principal residence of Sir James Calder, a well known brewery and distillery proprietor (he owned the Alloa brewery where Calders Ales are now brewed and also the Dalwhinnie Distillery as well as his own local "Stronachie" on Ledlanet Estate.)

Old photo of Ledlanet House
Interior of house
Doorway with Coat of Arms above

Being frequently in London he became a friend of Joseph Kennedy the then US Ambassador - at this time the family including JFK were guests at Ledlanet. After Sir James' death in the early 1960's the Estate was inherited by his nephew John Calder the well known publisher. He started the renowned "Ledlanet Nights" which were enormously popular musical and theatrical evenings at the house between 1965-1975. Financial constraints led to the closure of " Ledlanet Nights" and the estate was sold and broken up in 1981.

See our gallery pages for some outstanding views of and around Ledlanet House and estate.

Further links and historical information.

The Profile: John Calder
Ledlanet Nights Exhibition,
Painting Sculpture & Things by Living Scottish Artists
Ledlanet, Edinburgh, 1963

Jim Haynes
In Defence of Literature


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