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Queenshill Country Cottages


The name 'Queenshill' is said to derive from the fact that Mary Queen of Scots visited the area and indeed Queen's hill itself of course, in 1563 during one of her famous 'royal progresses.'  'Progressing' through her kingdom as she did on may occasions when she carried the throne to many different parts of the country, was a rare thing that most ordinary people longed to witness. Record has it that she charmed all who met her. 

In the early 19th century, the estate became the home of Colonel Walter Montgomerie Neilson, son of the late James Beaumont Neilson, Esq., the celebrated inventor of the 'Hot-Blast.'  Not as strange as it sounds!

James Beaumont Neilson was a Scottish inventor whose hot-blast process greatly increased the efficiency of smelting iron. This significantly reduced the amount of coal required to make iron, and increased production, meeting the demands of the burgeoning railway and ship building industries. Neilson struggled through the courts, to defend his patent and to license his invention but ultimately succeeded and became very rich.  He died on Queenshill Estate.  His son, Walter Montgomerie Neilson, erected the monument to him - a spectacular local landmark.