Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NO 56805 3625
356805, 703625


1590, originally 3-storey L-plan, now Z-plan (extended 1753, further addition 1864). Harled with margins, crowstepped, jamb of 1590 house inscribed "THE WATCH TOWER" 4-storey corbelled out at 1st floor corbelled stair turret in re-entrant angle, crowstepped gable; timber work renewed 1779, interior re-finished 1798, pitches of roof at dormer heads evidently modified at those dates. Contemporary garden walls.

Statement of Special Interest

Built for James Melville. Probably the oldest inhabited manse in Scotland.



NSA v VI p301. James Melville's Diary (Wodrow Society). Inv 30 C & D Arch v III p 560 Gourlay, Anstruther.

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