Listed Building

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SEAFIELD TOWERLB9710

Status: Removed

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
18/06/1973
Date Removed:
28/10/2015
Local Authority
Fife
Planning Authority
Fife
Parish
Kinghorn
NGR
NT 27943 88529
Coordinates
327943, 688529

Removal Reason

Dual designation

Description

16th century; altered 17th century; probably ruinous by earlier 18th century. 2 remaining walls of small, 4-storey, rectangular-plan tower-house with stair-wing to SW (over original entrance) now roofless ruin. Coursed red sandstone rubble. Vaulted ground floor with putholes (indicating horizontal sub-divisions). Small NE jamb with turnpike stair. 1st floor (hall) with evidence of N fireplace, large E window, wall-chamber/ garderobe at SW angle. 2nd floor (probably as 1st) but with W fireplace. Corbels for 3rd floor.

N WALL: remains of rubble defence wall (see Notes).

Statement of Special Interest

Scheduled Ancient Monument. Seafield was the stronghold of the Moultrays of Seafield until 1631 when the estates were sold to the Archbishop of Glasgow. The tower was ruinous approximately a century later. A 1774 plan shows enclosing courtyard walls and circular tower at the NE angle known as the 'Devil's Tower'.

References

Bibliography

OSA, p232. NSA, p810. RCAHMS INVENTORY Ref 343. Macgibbon & Ross CASTELLATED & DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE VOL III, p449. Fife Regional Council CASTLES OF FIFE (1993). Gifford FIFE (1992), p411.

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