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Newark Castle. General view.

SC 740649

Description Newark Castle. General view.

Date 1889

Collection Erskine Beveridge

Catalogue Number SC 740649

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of F 2030

Scope and Content Newark Castle, Fife, from the west (now ruinous) The ruins of Newark Castle stand on a small promontory which juts out into the Firth of Forth south of St Monans on the east coast of Fife. The castle, which possibly dates from the 15th century, was photographed in 1889 by the Scottish photographer, Erskine Beveridge. Little remains of the earliest part of the castle except three vaulted cellars and part of the east wall. In the early 16th century, the castle was extended northwards, with the addition of a large round north-east tower (left). At the same time, walls were built or rebuilt to enclose a courtyard on the west side (foreground). In the 17th century, the 16th-century main block was remodelled as a house with shaped chimney gables, parts of which are still standing. Below the promontory are the remains of 16th-century outbuildings reached by a stair built against the cliff face (left). In 1649 the castle was bought by General Sir David Leslie, a plausible date for the remodelling of the castle as a house. General Leslie, who was made Lord Newark in 1661, defeated the Marquess of Montrose at the Battle of Philiphaugh in 1645. He was buried in the parish church of St Monans, but in 1828 when the church was being restored, his remains were unceremoniously thrown over the sea wall by over-zealous workmen. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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