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Almond Castle

Just over 300 metres north of Muiravonside Church are the remains of Almond Castle. This was once the principal seat of the Barony of Manuel and, anciently, the castle and its immediate lands were known as Haining. William de Crawfurde de Manuel is on record in 1417. It remained with the Crawford family until the middle of the sixteenth century. William Crawford, the last of the male line, died in or around 1542. He was married to Margaret Livingston and he was survived by their two daughters, Agnes and Margaret. Agnes was married to Thomas Livingston, third son of Alexander, Lord Livingston of Callendar and, Margaret once she came of age, sold her half to Agnes in 1551. The estate was held by this branch of the Livingstons until the middle of the seventeenth century. Sir James Livingston, the younger son of Alexander, Lord of Callendar and Earl of Linlithgow acquired the lordship of the castle and lands sometime around 1640. He had been honoured with the title of Lord Almond by King Charles I in 1633 for his past services and, as was not uncommon, his title became attached to the property. A writ of 1694 has ‘Hayning now called Almond’. After the forfeiture of the Livingstons of Callendar in 1716 the castle and lands were held by the York Buildings Company until they were purchased by William Forbes in 1783.

The castle appears to have been first built as a tower-house in the fifteenth century by the Crawford family; the surviving part is that earliest structure. Major additions were made in the sixteenth century superficially transforming it into a mansion house. By the time it came into the hands of Forbes it was uninhabited and ruinous. In recent decades the ruin has survived within the work premises of Stein’s of Manuel.  The recent closure of the works and the planned redevelopment of the area offers hope for repair and stabilisation of the castle in the future.

Information about Almond Castle provided by the Falkirk Local Historical Society

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unique Scottish art – Dancer In Emerald poster by Jack Vettriano

Dancer In Emerald poster  by Jack Vettriano ,  price £12 , free UK delivery by first class post .

  • Dancer in Emerald is a licensed reproduction
  • printed on Premium Heavy Stock Paper
  • paper size is 43 x 50 cm
  • perfect for hanging or framing
  • ideal addition to your home or office

Printed on 275 gsm white silk paper

 This print is produced in the UK to the very highest standards under the direct supervision of Jack Vettriano’s publishing company  , assuring its quality.

Image Copyright: Jack Vettriano.

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All prints are carefully packed and sent out in heavy duty tubes to ensure their safe delivery.

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iPhone 6S for sale , £400 , 1 year old

iphone 6S , Rose Gold 64 GbThe iPhone 6S is an excellent phone with a powerful camera . I have a 1 year old Rose Gold iPhone 6S for sale , locked to the Vodafone network .

Technology: GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE
2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G bands: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
4G bands: LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 29(700)

Body
SIM: Nano-SIM
– Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)

Display
Type: LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Multitouch: Yes
Protection: Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating
– Force Touch display
– Display Zoom

Platform
OS: Apple iOS
Chipset: Apple A9
CPU: Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister
GPU: PowerVR GT7600 (six-core graphics)

Memory
Card slot: No
Internal: 2 GB RAM

Camera
Primary: 12 MP, f/2.2, 29mm, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, check quality
Features: 1/3″ sensor size, 1.22 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)
Video: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps,1080p@120fps, 720p@240fps, check quality
Secondary: 5 MP, f/2.2, 31mm, 1080p@30fps, 720p@240fps, face detection, HDR, panorama

Sound
Alert types: Vibration, proprietary ringtones
Loudspeaker: Yes
3.5mm jack: Yes

Comms
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot
Bluetooth: v4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
NFC: Yes (Apple Pay only)
Radio: No
USB: v2.0, reversible connector

Features
Sensors: Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Messaging: iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
Browser: HTML5 (Safari)
Java: No
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– Siri natural language commands and dictation
– iCloud cloud service
– iCloud Keychain
– TV-out
– Maps
– Organizer
– Document editor
– Photo/video editor

In the Box
Apple iPhone
EarPhones with Mic
USB Cable
USB Charger