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View from South East of West end of South facade

SC 384013

Description View from South East of West end of South facade

Catalogue Number SC 384013

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of B 542 CN

Scope and Content View from south-east showing west end of south façade of Abbot's House, 21 Maygate, Dunfermline, Fife Dunfermline Abbey was founded by David I in 1128 and completed in its original form in 1250. There were a number of other buildings associated with the abbey including the frater hall, gatehouse, royal guest house or palace and the abbot's house. Built c.1450 as a residence for Abbot Richard de Bothwell this house was reconstructed in the 16th century as the home of Robert Pitcairn (1520-84), the abbey's commendator (a non-monastic royal appointee granted a religious house for services to the Crown). Robert Pitcairn (styled Abbot as a mark of respect) owned and lived in his official residence, Abbot House. The Pitcairn/Ramsay arms, can be seen on the south side of Abbot House. This is the garden front of the house. The house was altered internally in the 17th century, as indicated by the blocked window below the right gabled dormer. In 1992-5 the whole building was restored as a heritage centre with a café and shop. The house has been washed with a pinkish tone. In its time the house has been an Abbot's home, a laird's mansion, an iron foundry and an art school. <A HREF="http://www.abbothouse.co.uk/">This is a link</A> Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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