Dunbog House

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Alternative Names Preceptory Of Gadvan
Canmore ID 30018
Site Number NO21NE 1
NGR NO 2852 1805
Council FIFE
Former Region FIFE
Former District NORTH EAST FIFE
Former County FIFE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR
NGR Desc NO 2852 1805 and NO 2849 1806

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Architectural Notes


DATE: circa 1594

Dunbog House has been gutted and demolished. Information from Demolitions catalogue held in RCAHMS library.

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Archaeological Notes

NO21NE 1 2852 1805 and 2849 1806.

(NO 2849 1806) Dunbog House (NR) on site of Preceptory of Gadvan (NR)
OS 6" map, Fife, 2nd ed., (1921)

Dunbog House is first mentioned in a charter of 1580, and some parts of the existing house may be of this date. Traditionally, it was built by Cardinal Beaton, but it was a kinsman who held the estate.
It is believed to stand on the site of the Preceptory of Gadvan, a cell of Balmerino Abbey, which was in existence in 1486 and occurs again in 1529-30, and in 1603, when its chapel (NO21NE 15), manse and meadow are also mentioned. It was secularised by 1578, when James Beaton of Creich held 'the Gadvan and manor place thereof'.
Name Book 1854; A H Millar 1895; J Campbell 1899; RCAHMS 1933; D E Easson 1957.

Dunbog House is now in ruins, and an examination of the structure showed it to be almost entirely modern in construction. The only interesting portion is a slight rectilinear and corbelled projection on the upper portion of the SW angle. The weathered armorial panels are on the W wall. Of the whole mansion, the southernmost portion appears to be the oldest, but it has been so greatly altered that its period could not be ascertained. The corbelled projection may represent a remnant of a 16th century building.
Visited by OS (J L D) 26 October 1956.

Dunbog House has now been demolished except for the south gable of the central block, with the corbelled projection and an armorial panel at its SW angle, and an adjoining gable of a modern block.
Visited by OS (W D J) 13 May 1970.

External Links

Scottish Church Heritage Research (SCHR)

Books and References

Campbell, J (1899) Balmerino and its abbey: a parish history with notices of the adjacent district, Edinburgh
Page(s): 199-201 Held at RCAHMS D.4.3.BAL

Coventry, M (2008) Castles of the Clans: the strongholds and seats of 750 Scottish families and clans, Musselburgh
Page(s): 36,170 Held at RCAHMS F.5.21.COV

Cowan and Easson, I B and D E (1976) Medieval religious houses in Scotland: with an appendix on the houses in the Isle of Man, London
Page(s): 68 Held at RCAHMS C.3.2.EAS.R

Easson, D E (1957a) Medieval religious houses in Scotland: with an appendix on the houses in the Isle of Man, London
Page(s): 68 Held at RCAHMS C.3.2.EAS

Millar, A H (1895) Fife: pictorial and historical: its people, burghs, castles and mansions', 2v Cupar, Edinburgh and Glasgow
Page(s): Vol. 2, 337-8 Held at RCAHMS D.4.MIL.R

Ordnance Survey (Name Book) Object Name Books of the Ordnance Survey (6 inch and 1/2500 scale). Held at RCAHMS on micro fiche.
Page(s): Book No. 41, 20 Held at RCAHMS Ref

RCAHMS (1933) The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Eleventh report with inventory of monuments and constructions in the counties of Fife, Kinross, and Clackmannan Edinburgh
Page(s): 106, No. 195 Held at RCAHMS A.1.1.INV/11

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