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Riverside Hotel & Country Club, Edinburgh. (1933 - 1939)

Craigiehall was built in 1699 and extended several times before it was sold to the Earl of Rosebery, who intended the property to be a home for his son, Neil Primrose, MP. Sadly Mr Primrose was killed in WW1 in Gaza. Lord Rosebery leased out the property in 1933 to Ernest Thompson, who ran it as the Riverside Hotel and Country Club, a 25 room hotel and golf course. The course continued until 1939, when the house and land was requisitioned by the Army. Ernest Thompson had a clause in his lease permitting him to buy the property from Lord Rosebery, and exercised that right after the war, presumably with a view to re-establishing the golf course. However, the Army had not vacated the premises and clearly did not wish to, because they offered to buy the property from Mr Thompson, completing the purchase in 1951.

Under a review by the Ministry of Defence in 2011, it was decided that Craigiehall would be closing in 2014/2015 – scope to re-establish the course?

Just to add Lord Rosebery bought Craigiehall in 1916 for £85,000. Neil Primrose was his second son.

Grid reference NT16910,74775, co-ordinates 316910,674775.