Visit Lasswade and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Lasswade, Midlothian, is a village well situated on the steep slope of the North Esk river valley, and the constant supply of water explains the variety of mills, which have provided employment for the last 200 years: paper-mills, meal-mills, and once a gunpowder-mill.
In the graveyard of the old church is the burial place of the poet William Drummond of Hawthornden, and the family of Melville, including Henry Dundas 1st Viscount, the benevolent despot and virtual ruler of Scotland, 1775—1805.
There are several literary associations with Lasswade. It was to Lasswade Cottage that Sir Walter Scott brought his bride, and spent the first happy six years of his married life, being visited here by the Wordsworths and by James Hogg, the “Ettrick Shepherd”. In neighbouring Polton, 1½ miles up-river, lived De Quincey for the last years of his life, in a cottage called Mavis Bush, now known as De Quincey Cottage. Born in 1785, he died in 1859.
It is an odd reflection on the vagaries of the human body that this self-confessed opium-taker, this addict who upon coming out of his opium-trances used to delight the Edinburgh Literary Society of the early 19th century, should somehow have managed to live 74 years. He is said to have cured himself of his addiction by his own efforts. This is either a tribute to De Quincey's strength of character, or maybe a piece of evidence to the effect that all our bodies are not equally susceptible to certain drugs. Not many addicts today succeed in becoming septuagenarians. They make their literary reputations (if any) early, and disappear early. But it is just possible that the invigorating atmosphere of Edinburgh in her early 19th-century literary phase had something to do with De Quincey's recovery and longevity.
Nearby cities: Edinburgh
Nearby towns: Bonnyrigg, Dalkeith, Loanhead
Nearby villages: Auchendinny, Bilston, Borthwick, Carrington, Cockenzie, Danderhall, Easthouses, Elphinstone, Gorebridge, Gowkshill, Hillend, Howgate, Leadburn, Mayfield, Millerhill, Milton Bridge, Musselburgh, Newbattle, Newtongrange, Nine Mile Burn, North Middleton, Ormiston, Pathhead, Penicuik, Port Seton, Prestonpans, Rosewell, Roslin, Silverburn, Temple, Tranent, Wallyford, Whitecraig
Have you decided to visit Lasswade or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Lasswade bed and breakfast (a Lasswade B&B or Lasswade b and b)
- a Lasswade guesthouse
- a Lasswade hotel (or motel)
- a Lasswade self-catering establishment, or
- other Lasswade accommodation