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BANDON TOWERLB16681

Status: Removed

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
10/09/1979
Date Removed:
14/12/2015
Local Authority
Fife
Planning Authority
Fife
Parish
Markinch
NGR
NO 27671 4250
Coordinates
327671, 704250

Removal Reason

Dual designation

Description

16th century. Surviving N wall of tower house (formerly 3 storey and attic square plan) and remains of later round tower to NW. Coursed rubble with squared rubble quoins. Corbelled cornice.

N ELEVATION: tall opening to left at 1st floor and blinded, small horizontal opening with voussoirs/relieving arch at centre.

S (INTERIOR) ELEVATION: large segmental headed opening with voussoirs at centre ground, further large opening to right (also evident on N elevation), and window to left. Moulded, segmental headed opening at 1st floor to left of centre, masonry to right above in more derelict condition, and evidence of stair to outer right.

NW TOWER: few courses of rounded wall with arrow slit.

Statement of Special Interest

Scheduled Monument. Formerly owned by the Bethune family, also of nearby houses of Orr and Balfour. Millar dates the tower to 1580, built for David Balfour of Bandon on the site of an older tower. This is verified by the Inventory "In 1498 Alan Balfour of Bandon (Ballindone) conveyed the estate to his eldest son", also "David Balfour of "Banedone" is among the witnesses to a charter of 1580." MacGibbon & Ross describe Bandon as "a rectangular tower about 31 feet by 22 feet, with the remains of a circular tower at the north west corner, which has a more modern look than the main building... The ground floor has probably been vaulted. The remains of a large fireplace exist in the south east end, with a wheel stair adjoining. The walls are 3 feet 9 inches thick. The building does not look older than about the end of the sixteenth century".

References

Bibliography

MACGIBBON AND ROSS THE CASTELLATED AND DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTLAND (1887) Vol III. A H Millar FIFE PICTORIAL AND HISTORICAL (1895) Vol II. Cunningham MARKINCH AND ITS ENVIRONS (1907). RCAHMS INVENTORY, item 412.

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