Earlshall

Country House

Site Name Earlshall

Classification Country House

Alternative Name(s) Leuchars; Earlshall Policies

Canmore ID 33209

Site Number NO42SE 3

NGR NO 46475 21083

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Fife
  • Parish Leuchars
  • Former Region Fife
  • Former District North East Fife
  • Former County Fife

Archaeology Notes

NO42SE 3.00 46475 21083

(NO 4647 2107) Earlshall (NR)

OS 6" map (1919)

NO42SE 3.01 NO 46511 21079 Walled Garden

NO42SE 3.02 NO 46445 21147 Lodge

NO42SE 3.03 NO 46509 21080 Sundial to East side of Terraced Garden

NO42SE 3.04 NO 46464 21057 Sundial to West of House

See also:

NO 46460 21003 Dovecot

The erection of the mansion of Earlshall was begun in 1546. The S range was added in the 17th century. The house was ruinous about 1890, but has since been "carefully and judiciously restored".

RCAHMS 1933

Earlshall is a perfect example of a 16/17th century mansion.

D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887

Illustration of Earlshall Castle in 1872 - before restoration.

W Borthwick 1954

Earlshall is as described above, and is in excellent condition.

Visited by OS (RDL) 5 June 1964.

Architecture Notes

NO42SE 3.00 46475 21083 Earlshall

NO42SE 3.01 46511 21079 Walled Garden

NO42SE 3.02 46445 21147 Lodge

NO42SE 3.03 46509 21080 Sundial to East side of Terraced Garden

NO42SE 3.04 46464 21057 Sundial to West of House

NO42SE 4 46460 21001 Dovecot

MISCELLANEOUS:

PSAS IV, p.987, notice of painted room

EAA Cuttings Book - note of visit by EAA

NMRS REFERENCE:

Plans:

Lorimer Collection.

Part of a collection of painted designs related to the ceilings-and perhaps also walls and fabrics - of Earlshall, Fife. Three of the painted fragments are of the black and white distemper patterns on the timber-panelled ceilings of Earlshall's gallery (2nd floor) and ante-room, which were restored by Mr Nixon of Moxon and Carfrae c.1873 (see Fife: Pictorial and Historical, Vol.1. p 347 by A H Millar).

LOR/EARLSHALL/1

Fragment of F.S. painted design from Gallery Ceiling with detail of the 'Asse' panel, which is above the door which leads to the stairs.

Insc: (front, in ink): 'Old south ceiling decoration'

(back, in pencil): 'Coloured decoration'.

n/s n/d.

LOR/EARSHALL CEILINGS/1

Brown and black paint on cartridge

LOR/EARLSHALL/2

Fragment related to /1. gallery ceiling? of gallery walls? or ante-room

n/s

LOR/EARSHALL CEILINGS/2.

Brown & black paint on paper

LOR/EARLSHALL/3

Fragment of /1

LOR/EARSHALL CEILINGS/3.

LOR/EARLSHALL/4

Survey of decorated panelling at the 'Old House, Lawnmarket'.

Insc: 'Painted Ceiling of Old house, Lawnmarket, recently pulled down' (front, in ink).

'Coloured decoration' (back, in pencil).

Floral, bird and animal designs

N/s n/d

LOR/EARSHALL CEILINGS/4.

Ink and paint on linen

LOR/EARLSHALL/5

F.S. stencilled design for damask? - at Earlshall??

n/s n/d n/insc.

LOR/EARSHALL CEILINGS/5.

Pencil and paint on green paper

Non-Guardianship Sites Plan Collection, DC23457- DC23477, 1961

(Undated) information in NMRS.

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