Burntisland, Rossend Castle

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Alternative Names Burntisland Castle
Canmore ID 52791
Site Number NT28NW 23
NGR NT 22868 85789
Council FIFE
Former Region FIFE
Former District KIRKCALDY
Former County FIFE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Architectural Notes

NT28NW 23.00 22868 85789

Non-Guardianship Sites Plan Collection, DC28476- DC28480, 1955 & 1958.


Painted ceiling removed to the Museum of Antiquities, Edinburgh

Notes and Activities

Archaeological Notes

NT28NW 23.00 22868 85789

NT28NW 23.01 22908 85782 Gazebo
NT28NW 23.02 22956 85847 Archway

See also
NT28NW 266 22795 85844 1-3 and 6 Melville Gardens (Part of Lodge)
NT28NW 366 22805 85825 4 Melville Gardens (Part of Lodge)
NT28NW 367 22806 85855 5 Melville Gardens (Part of Lodge)

(NT 2286 8579) Rossend Castle (NR)
OS 6" map, (1967)

Rossend Castle is a large T-plan tower house dated 1554. The W wing incorporates remains of a 13th century structure at ground floor level, where a range of lancet windows may be seen. This, together with the fact that the W wing is aligned E-W, might suggest that the earlier surviving remains at Rossend represent an ecclesiastical building, associated possibly with a secular residence. It is significant that a structure identifiable as Rossend Castle was described as a "fortalice sumtyme callit the Abbotis Hall" or "callit of auld the Abbotis Hall" on the grange of Wester Kinghorn (Burntisland) (Information from National Monuments Record sheet FIR/22/1, visited 1970).
RCAHMS 1933.

Rossend Castle is as described. It is now derelict.
Visited by OS (J P) 24 June 1974.

Restored 1978.
(Undated) information in NMRS.

Office of Hurd Rolland Partnership Architects.

Books and References

Apted and Robertson, M R and W N (1974) 'Two painted ceilings from Rossend Castle, Burntisland, Fife', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol.104
Page(s): 222-35 Held at RCAHMS D.4.3.ROS.P

Apted, M R (1958) 'Painted ceilings in Scotland revealed by accident: some recent discoveries in Fife and Edinburgh', Illus London News 19 July 1958

Begg, I (1977) Rossend Castle: a recent story of reconstruction after 25 years of struggle, Edinburgh
Held at RCAHMS D.4.3.ROS.P

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