Lothians: About 2 miles south and west of Loanhead, on minor road north of B7003 north of junction with A6094, south of North Esk, at Gorton House.
Set in extensive grounds and gardens, the present house, an L-plan edifice of two storeys, dates from the 17th century with later additions and remodelling. It does not appear to be on Blaeu’s map, but ‘Gortyn’ is marked on Adair’s map of Midlothian.
Gorton was another name for the lands and barony of Preston, which was a property of the Preston family (also see Craigmillar) from the 15th century or earlier. No tower or manor place is mentioned in a ratification of 1663 for Mr Robert Preston and his son.
‘Wallace’s Cave’ [NT 280632], near the house, is said to be able to hold some 60 or more men, and to have been used by William Wallace.
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