Kingston, East Lothian

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Kingston
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Kingston
Kingston is located in East Lothian
Kingston
Kingston
 Kingston shown within East Lothian
OS grid reference NT541823
Civil parish Dirleton
Council area East Lothian
Lieutenancy area East Lothian
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NORTH BERWICK
Postcode district EH39
Dialling code 01620
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament East Lothian
Scottish Parliament East Lothian
List of places
UK
Scotland

Coordinates: 56°01′55″N 2°44′13″W / 56.032°N 2.737°W / 56.032; -2.737

Fenton Tower

Kingston is a small hamlet near North Berwick in East Lothian, Scotland, after which Kingston, Jamaica was named.

Kingston was once known as Kings Seat, historic maps of the area show this.[1][2]

Fenton Tower[edit]

Fenton Tower in Kingston is a refurbished 16th century tower house. It retains the original footprint of the square keep, but now encompasses 7000 sq. ft. of living space over several levels. Fenton Tower was used as the location for Archie's castle in the BBC children's programme Balamory. [3] The tower is depicted as being bright pink in the show, although in reality it is a more traditional off-white to Stone Grey colour, with the hue added in post-production.

Fenton Tower was built on the lands of 'Fentoun'. "During the reign of King David I of Scots (1124-1153) the lands of 'Fentoun' along with the lands of Gullane, Archerfield, Dirleton and Fidra island were all held by the Anglo-Norman De-vaux family. Who later gifted 'Fentoun' to their English kin the De-vauxs of Lanercost Priory. In the mid 12th century the De-vauxs built a 'castri' on the Fidra, a chapel at Gullane, a tower of 'Eilbote' at Archerfield (which must have been a place of some importance since King David signed a charter for the lands of Carberry witnessed at 'El bottle' ) and finally a stone castle at Dirleton itself during the reign of King Alexander II of Scots (1214-1249)"[4]

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