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BALCARRES HOUSE, INCLUDING OUTBUILDINGS DOWER HOUSE AND FRONT ENTRANCE GATESLB8625

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
01/02/1972
Local Authority
Fife
Planning Authority
Fife
Parish
Kilconquhar
NGR
NO 47408 4408
Coordinates
347408, 704408

Description

Large mansion house, comprising

(a) Original Z-plan tower house dated 1595, incorporates

tower of earlier date, 4-storey rubble-built vaulted ground

floor, 1st floor hall (off library) has rich 17th plaster

ceiling enclosing original painted one, rich renaissance

panelling of 1622 from Rubens House in Antwerp installed by

Sir Coutts Lindsay; considerably altered.

(b) South-west section, William Burn 1838, Scots Jacobean,

2-storey and basement, pilastered porch with scrolled

pediment and 3 bay windows on north, 2 large bay windows (one

is Georgian bow refaced as bay) and angle turrets on south;

whin rubble, freestone dressings, crowstepped gables,

pedimented dormer heads; fine interior work, good Jacobean

ceilings.

(c) North-east section of main block, David Bryce dated 1863,

2-storey and attic, corbelled corner bay angle turrets

advanced north wing, whin rubble freestone dressings,

crowstepped gables and dormer heads.

(d) Front railed screen and entrance gates, D Bryce 1860s.

Stone piers with ball finials, 2 pairs wrought iron gates of

17th century Italian workmanship from Coire (Chur)

Switzerland.

(e) Dower House. Late 17th/early 18th century. L-plan,

originally 3-storey, now reduced to 2 and interior

modernised. Plain whin rubble and slate, freestone dressings.

(f) Outbuildings; various dates in 19th century, 1/2 storey, incorporating above.

Statement of Special Interest

For 17th century ceiling and panelling of Old Library.

References

Bibliography

OSA v IX p 295

NSA v IX p 326

Inv 312

Information provided by the Earl of Crawford and Balcarres

Plans, Balcarres estate office, Rylands Library Manchester

and RIBA Library Drawings, Coll (1834).

Engraving in Scots Magazine September 1811 shows state prior

to additions: several pre 1838 views in house.

Country Life August 9 1902 article and illustration.

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