Lothians: About 4.5 miles south-east of Haddington, on minor road south of B6355, about 0.5 miles south-east of Gifford, south of Gifford Water, at Gifford House.
Private NT 543671 OS: 66 EH41 4JF
Site of tower house, which replaced Yester Castle with the famous Goblin Ha' (Hall). The tower rose to four storeys with later wings and a courtyard. ‘Yester’ is marked on Blaeu’s map of The Lothians. The place is very prominently marked as ‘YESTER’ on Adair’s map of East Lothian, and the building is depicted as a substantial tower in a huge walled wooded park with drives, an avenue and a deer park. ‘Yester C.’ is separately depicted.
The tower was built by William Hay, 5th Lord Yester, in 1582, but was demolished about 1700. It was replaced by Yester House, a fine mansion of two storeys and a basement and attic with pavilions, dating from the early 18th century, which was designed by William and Robert Adam, although it has since been altered, including one of the pavilions being demolished.
Some good Adam interiors survive. The family were made Earls of Tweeddale in 1646, then Marquises of Tweeddale in 1694 as well as Earls of Gifford the same year.
The house is still occupied and was put on the market, along with the 500 acre estate, in 2010, initially for as much as £15 million. The building has been renovated.