On the 19th July they visited Fountainhall Pencaitland by invitation of Mr and Mrs Robert Cowe. They greatly enjoyed visiting this delightful unspoiled 17thcentury mansion, partly built by John Pringle c1640. It later became the country home of the Lauders of Newington who renamed it. It has been the home of the Cowe family since 1956.

The society visited Floors Castle at Kelso the seat of the Duke of Roxburghe on Sat 9th August. This was a follow up to our visit to Broxmouth in 2007. Floors was built by William Adam for the first Duke of Roxburghe and extended by Playfair for the sixth duke. It is set in a magnificent park. Members enjoyed visiting the mansion with its splendid furnishings and also the grounds and walled garden.