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Creich Castle

Tower House (Medieval)

Site Name Creich Castle

Classification Tower House (Medieval)

Canmore ID 31811

Site Number NO32SW 2

NGR NO 32862 21265

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Fife
  • Parish Creich (North East Fife)
  • Former Region Fife
  • Former District North East Fife
  • Former County Fife

Archaeology Notes

NO32SW 2.00 32862 21265

(NO 3286 2126) Creich Castle (NR)

OS 6" map (1959).

NO32SW 2.01 NO 32798 21289 Dovecot

NO32SW 2.02 NO 32832 21259 Gate Tower

The remains of Creich Castle, a tower-house, apparently were enclosed by a courtyard for, some 20 yards to the west, are the remains of a small tower such as is found at gateways and less frequently on barmkins. The tower-house is L-shaped, the main block measuring 39ft 2ins by 27ft 8ins, with a wing projecting to the south, some 20ft square. Originally three and four storeyed respectively, the upper floors are now inaccessible and the fabric is in bad repair.

'All the characteristics of the structure...suggest a date rather later than the first half of the 16th century' although the 'tower, fortalice and manor' are recorded in a charter of 1553. Creich Castle is also recorded in the 13th century. In the farm-steading there is a double-chambered rectangular dovecot, dated 1723.

D MacGibbon and T Ross 1889; RCAHMS 1933, visited 1925.

Creich Castle is as described above. The small round tower, at NO 3283 2125, has a modern sloping roof. The dovecot, as described, is at NO 3279 2129. In the garden, at NO 3286 2122, is a well which has been partly filled in,and covered over.

Visited by OS (JLD), 31 October 1956.

No change.

Visited by OS (RD), 27 May 1970.

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