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A delight for visitors due to their exotic colours and flamboyant nature, the resident peafowl have become one of the most well-known attractions of the House of the Binns. The famous peacocks and peahens roam freely and roost in a huge sycamore tree close to the historic house, sheltered from the weather. Clues in the collection suggest there have been peacocks at the House of the Binns since the time of Thomas and Janet in the early 1600s, with one legend saying that as long as there are Dalyells there will be peafowl and vice versa.