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MYRES CASTLELB2658

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
01/03/1984
Local Authority
Fife
Planning Authority
Fife
Parish
Auchtermuchty
NGR
NO 24170 10978
Coordinates
324170, 710978

Description

Tower house of 1530 altered and added to in 17th, 18th and

19th centuries, with renovation 1890, H Walker of Edinburgh.

Harled with ashlar margins and dressings, coped stacks,

crow-stepped gables and slate roofs.

2 and 3 storeys with basements/cellars and attics. 1530

tower house adjoining lower, secondary (contemporary?) block

to west making Z-plan, with circular stair turret at north

east re-entrant angle and at diagonally opposite angles;

that to south east has 2 tiers of gun ports and is corbelled

to square for 2 upper storeys, parapet with decorated panels

dated 1612 or 1616, with conical-roofed cap house.

Openings mostly enlarged; small-pane sashes. Additions to

secondary block; 4-bay west wing (probably 1822), with angle

turret and nepus gable facing south, and composite rear range

in Z-plan (circa 1760 and various 19th century alterations

and additions) comprising former stable block (rusticated

quoins and 2 modern garage openings) extending from L-plan

wing; latter is now part 3 and part 2-storey with full-

height canted projection facing walled garden, porch to

north gable, eastern wing raised and additional corbelled

angle turret at south east. 2-storey 3-bay cottage to north

linked by low covered way.

Statement of Special Interest

Built for Scrymgeour family of Myres, and possibly by John

Scrymgeour, Master of the King's works, who was engaged

nearby at Falkland Palace.

Upper addition to south east turret bears a datestone, and

armorial panels of Stephen Paterson and Elizabeth Mure, his

wife, who had acquired Myres by 1611. The date-stone may

read 1612 or 1616 (dates 1530, circa 1760 and 1822 from

owner: A H Millar says "greatly enlarged and improved 1828").

Family home for a time of Reginald Fairlie, architect,

although (1981) no work by him at Myres is identified.

References

Bibliography

RCAHM. INVENTORY OF FIFE, 1933, pp 28-9 (No 49).

MacGibbon & Ross, CASTELLATED AND DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE,

1892, vol V, p 330 (directions confused).

A H Millar, FIFE.....1895, pp 248-252.

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