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9th November 2016

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In the process of marketing a property at Hastings Legal’s new Duns office, resident solicitor Ricky Hope unearthed some ancient deeds dating back to 1582 bearing the signature of no less a figure than James VI of Scotland, prior to the Union of the Crowns when he became James I of England. Written in Latin, the deeds are fascinating - although fortunately superseded by more recent deeds, saving Ricky the need to brush up on his Latin to complete the conveyancing for the sale.

This coincides with another historic sale, as Hastings’ Kelso office is marketing Buittle Castle, an ancient keep with surrounding courtyard buildings and five acres of grounds. Dating from the 13th Century, the keep is a classic Border tower complete with great hall, stone flagged floors and a barrel-vaulted cellar. A former residence of Scottish King John Balliol, Buittle was famously besieged and laid to waste by the army of Robert the Bruce, who later murdered Balliol in nearby Dumfries. The tower and outbuildings have been converted to residential use and in recent years, have been used to stage historic re-enactments and for wedding functions, complete with banqueting hall and jousting field. Rare indeed and a feather in the cap of BSPC member firm Hastings Legal and currently marketed with BSPC and throughout the SPC Scotland network.

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