Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for Broomhall

Broomhall, the seat of the Earl of Elgin, in Dunfermline parish, Fife. It stands on an elevated lawn, overlooking Limekilns village, ¼ mile N of the Firth of Forth, and 2½ miles S by W of Dunfermline town. An elegant mansion, it contains the bed in which Charles I. was born, and the sword and helmet of King Robert Bruce, that sword with which Burns was knighted by Mrs Bruce of Clackmannan. The estate, called formerly West Gellet, does not seem to have come into the possession of the Bruces till the early part of the 17th century; its present holder Victor Alex. Bruce, ninth Earl of Elgin (cre. 1633) and thirteenth Earl of Kincardine (cre. 1647), was born in 1849; succeeded his father, the eminent diplomatist, in 1863; and owns in the shire 2663 acres, valued at £12,080 per annum, including £3710 for minerals.

(F.H. Groome, Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland (1882-4); © 2004 Gazetteer for Scotland)

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Feature Description: "the seat"   (ADL Feature Type: "residential sites")
Administrative units: Dunfermline ScoP       Fife ScoCnty

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