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The servant hierarchy echoed the distinctions of class upstairs. The chef worked at the end of the table on the left, while the lowest ranking kitchen maids chopped vegetables at the far right. The kitchen staff worked 17 hours a day and rarely left the kitchen.

Tantallon Castle in East Lothian, built by William 1st earl of Douglas c 1371. After he died it was the home of his mistress Margaret Stewart, granddaughter of Sir Henry Sinclair of Rosslyn (d. 1336) and their son George Douglas earl of Angus. The tower on the left was once known as the Douglas Tower. It was seven stories high and would have formed the lord's 'donjon', or keep, containing his private accommodation, and connecting to the hall in the north range.

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