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Anstruther Easter, Backdykes, Melville Manse

Manse (16th Century)

Site Name Anstruther Easter, Backdykes, Melville Manse

Classification Manse (16th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Parish Manse

Canmore ID 34066

Site Number NO50SE 15

NGR NO 56805 03625

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Fife
  • Parish Anstruther Easter
  • Former Region Fife
  • Former District North East Fife
  • Former County Fife

Archaeology Notes

NO50SE 15 56805 03625.

(NO 5680 0362) Manse (NR)

OS 25" map (1966)

This manse was built in 1590-1 for the then minister, James Melville. Originally, it was on the L-plan, but the main block was extended to the W in the 17th century, making it T-shaped, with a narrow, corbelled stair-turret in the re-entrant. The main block is three-storeyed. The gable of the wing bears, high up, a panel inscribed "THE WATCH TOWR" (sic). The walls are harled, with dressed stone margins to the windows, some of which have been enlarged.

RCAHMS 1933, visited 1927; N Tranter 1963

The manse appears to be as described but is currently boarded up and lies in a high-walled garden with locked gates.

Visited by OS (JP) 29 May 1974

Architecture Notes

see also NO50SE 23 ANSTRUTHER EASTER, The Manse Doocot


Photographic Survey (July 1963)

Photographic survey of buildings in Anstruther Easter, Fife, by the Ministry of Work/Scottish National Buildings Record in July 1963.


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