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Aithernie Castle

Castle (Medieval)

Site Name Aithernie Castle

Classification Castle (Medieval)

Canmore ID 31333

Site Number NO30SE 2

NGR NO 3799 0357

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Fife
  • Parish Scoonie (Kirkcaldy)
  • Former Region Fife
  • Former District Kirkcaldy
  • Former County Fife

Archaeology Notes

NO30SE 2 3799 0357.

(NO 3800 0357) Aithernie Castle (NR) (Remains of)

OS 6" map (1920)

Aitherny, about 1710, was a fine house but, by 1803, it was in ruins.

It was mentioned in an inheritance of David I's time.

R Sibbald 1803

Aithernie Castle existed in the first half of the 17th century, and is now reduced to a fragment of a building.


All that remains of Aithernie Castle is one corner of a building some 6.0m high and a length of wall 0.5m high and 9.0m long. The remainder has been entirely removed except for fragments of rubble scattered in the ploughed soil around the remains.

Visited by OS (RDL) 18 October 1962


Field Visit (10 August 1927)

Aithernie Castle.

The castle is reduced to a fragment of rubble building, 1 ½ miles north of Leven, in a field on the east side of Aithernie Den, which was under crop at date of visit.

In the first half of the 17th century the place belonged to the Rigs (1), a branch of the family at Carberry, Midlothian (2).

RCAHMS 1933, visited 10 August 1927.

(1) Inquis. Spec., Fife (1644), No. 674. (2) Wood's East Neuk of Fife, p. 40. Cf. Inventory, Midlothian, No. 117.


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