Balbirnie Park, Balbirnie House

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Alternative Names Balbirnie Estate; Balbirnie House Policies; Balbirnie House Hotel
Site Type COUNTRY HOUSE, SUNDIAL
Canmore ID 91911
Site Number NO20SE 93
NGR NO 29011 02479
Council FIFE
Parish MARKINCH
Former Region FIFE
Former District KIRKCALDY
Former County FIFE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Architectural Notes

NO20SE 93.00 29011 02479

NO20SE 93.01 NO 29056 02327 Stables, NW Range; Unit 2
NO20SE 93.02 NO 2845 0258 Ice House
NO20SE 93.03 NO 29416 01821 South Lodge
NO20SE 93.04 NO 28652 02625 Balbirnie Mains, Dairy
NO20SE 93.05 NO 29122 02268 Walled Garden
NO20SE 93.06 NO 29597 02231 East Lodge
NO20SE 93.07 NO 29407 02646 Gamekeeper's Cottage
NO20SE 93.08 NO 2857 0320 North Lodge
NO20SE 93.09 NO 2941 0264 Kennels
NO20SE 93.10 NO 29062 02333 Stables, NW Range; Units 3-4
NO20SE 93.11 NO 29069 02342 Stables, NE Range; Unit 5
NO20SE 93.12 NO 29056 02309 Stables, SW Range; Gardener's House
NO20SE 93.13 NO 29082 02329 Stables, SE Range; Unit 6
NO20SE 93.14 NO 29079 02319 Stables, SE Range; Unit 1
NO20SE 93.15 NO 29081 02324 Stables, SE Range
NO20SE 93.16 NO 29077 02315 Stables, SE Range
NO20SE 93.17 NO 29075 02311 Stables, SE Range
NO20SE 93.18 NO 29073 02307 Stables, SE Range

See also:
NO20SE 30 NO 28084 02126 West Lodge
NO20SE 131 NO 2864 0257 Balbirnie Mains
NO20SE 250 NO 28615 02710 Balbirnie Mains, Cottage
NO20SE 251 NO 28481 02775 Balbirnie Mains, West Cottage

For Bilbirnie Estate see also:
NO30NW 105.00 NO 3313 0527 Milldeans
NO30NW 105.01 NO 3315 0528 Milldeans, steading
NO30NW 105.02 NO 3325 0514 Milldeans, farm cottages

Balbirnie Caravan and Camping Club site is to be found at NO 294 019.

New house & office, including repairing the Old house between 1777-1781 at a cost of ?2563.8.8d. Cash paid Mr Nisbet for part of plaster work 1779-81.
1777 accounts for quarrying stone locally.
Sept. 27th 1815 - to cash paid Mr Richard Crichton, Architect, for plans per account, ?200, for a large addition to the old house. James Barclay, Clerk of Works.
Mr Trotter paid for furniture Dec. 31st 1817, ?116.17.6d.
Mr Ness marble cutter, Dec. 31st 1817 ?124.4.11d
Dowbiggine, upholsterer, March 3rd 1819. ?5.0.0.
Anderson & Ramage, Plasterer, Edinburgh.
Andrew Taylor, Furniture-maker, Kennoway.
R & R Dickson, 1824, West Lodge. ?9.18.0 for making plan.
David Bryce - 1860 - Lodge.
Thomas Leadbetter, 1896 - additions.
James Gillespie, St Andrews 1895. Gardener's Cottage.

EXTERNAL REFERENCE:
Scottish Record Office
The writer remarks on the New Front being built.
1778 GD 126/Box 30

REFERENCE : Scottish Record Office (Probably West Lodge, by date)
Proposed lodge to be built (at Balbirnie). Letter from (General) Robert Balfour to John Bruce ...'the stone of my quarry is too soft a nature for pillars of a gate and some little ornamental work I require, I have to request you would allow me to get some stones for this purpose from a new quarry found on Greenhill ...about a mile NW of Nuthill House'.
28 May 1823 GD 152/218/5/Bundle 13/7

(Undated) information in NMRS.

The sundial at Balbirnie was 'brought by the Balfours from Old Kirkforthar House together with another dial which has now (1986) been taken back to New Kirkforthar House' (MS 5741/5/14).
(For the sundial at New Kirkforthar House, see NO30SW 132).
Information from RCAHMS (A Cassells), 17 December 2009.

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Archaeological Notes



 
Books and References

Country Life v.1 (January-June 1897) to May 15th, 2013 [s.l.]
Page(s): 29th June, 6th July 1972 Held at RCAHMS P.75

Glenrothes Development Corporation (1991) Balbirnie Park: visitors guide, Glenrothes
Held at RCAHMS D.4.3.BAL.P

Rowan, A (1972a) 'Balbirnie House, Fife: the property of Glenrothes Development Corporation and former home of Mr and Mrs J C Balfour: I', Country Life, vol.151, 3915 (29 June 1972)
Page(s): 1670-3 Held at RCAHMS D.4.3.BAL.P

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