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Randerston Farmhouse

Farmhouse (Period Unassigned), Lairds House (16th Century)

Site Name Randerston Farmhouse

Classification Farmhouse (Period Unassigned), Lairds House (16th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Randerston House; Randerston Castle; Randerston Farm House

Canmore ID 35368

Site Number NO61SW 5

NGR NO 60863 10842

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NO61SW 5.00 60863 10842

(NO 6084 1074) Randerston (NAT)

OS 6" map (1912/38).

See also NO61SW 4.

NO61SW 5.01 NO 60812 10738 Randerston Farm (steading)

The farmhouse of Randerston was built in the latter part of the 16th century superseding "the castle of Randerston" (NO61SW 42) mentioned in 1528, which stood on the shore rather more than half a mile eastward. The plan is a variant of the L plan the wing not being in alignment with, but in advance of, the main block, thus forming two re-entrant angles. The masonry is of harled rubble with exposed dressings. The gables are crow-stepped. The upper floors have been modernised. The lintel of the garden entrance is inscribed M.B. M.H. 1678.

In 1429 James I granted to Thomas de Myrtoun, dean of Glasgow, the lands of "Randalstoun" in the Constablulary of Crail. They then passed to the Moncrieffes and in 1663 the property including the "tower, fortalice and manor-place" were bought by Michael Balfour of Pitmedden.

Reg Magni Sig Reg Scot; C Rogers 1877; RCAHMS 1933.

NO 6086 1083. Randerston is as described by RCAHMS and is in good condition. In the SW re-entrant angle is a tower with corbelled turret, another turret projecting at the NW angle. A modern porch has been erected in the NE angle, and an addition has been made to the south wing.

Visited by OS (DS), 15 October 1956.

Name confirmed as Randerston.

Information from Mrs Simpson, owner, Randerston, 1956.

No change.

Visited by OS (WDJ) 3 September 1968.


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