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Upper Largo, Largo House

Country House (18th Century)

Site Name Upper Largo, Largo House

Classification Country House (18th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Largo House Policies

Canmore ID 32803

Site Number NO40SW 37

NGR NO 42039 03415

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number 100057073. All rights reserved.
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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NO40SW 37.00 42039 03415

NO40SW 37.01 NO 41972 03518 Walled Garden

NO40SW 37.02 NO 4198 0345 Stables

NO40SW 37.03 NO 42313 03477 Gate Piers at East Entrance

See also:

NO40SW 3 NO 41954 03556 Sir Andrew Wood's Tower

NO40SW 40 NO 4231 0347 East Lodge

Architecture Notes


DATE: 1750

Extensions, 1831. D.H.L.



Jas. Grant's Sketch Book in MSS Nos 5, 21 & 22 - 3 drawings


Scots Magazine, March 1812

(Undated) information in NMRS.

Site Management (2 July 1990)

Classical house (now roofless) with symmetrical 7-bay front, the centre 3 bays advanced and pedimented. 4-bay flanks and 3-bay semi-circular central projection at rear. 2 storeys over raised basement. Diagonally droved ashlar with polished dressings and rusticated quoins. Harled rubble flanks and rear. Central door with Ionic pilastered doorpiece and segmental, dated pediment; 2 flanking windows with elaborate egg and dart architraves, coat-of-arms in pediment. Band course over basement continuing on all elevations; all east windows with lugged architraves, apron panels at ground, bracketted cills above, simple margins to remaining elevations. Rear of main block, 7 windows with shallow 3 window central bow (blind central). Harled rubble with ashlar dressings and band at ground floor. A few remains of interior plaster survive, interior otherwise destroyed.

John Adam supplied a chimney piece for the house, built for the Durham family. A rock faced garden pavilion said to have been in the grounds of Largo House is now resited in the garden of Balsusnie, High Street, Upper Largo. (Historic Scotland)

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland has suggested that the design is copied from Colin Campbell's Shawfield of 1712 in Glasgow. Largo housed Polish soldiers during WWII, and then the Polish Military Geographical Institute until 1946.


Photographic Survey (1956)

Photographic survey by the Scottish National Buildings Record in 1956.


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