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Balmuto Tower

House (Period Unassigned), Tower House (Medieval)

Site Name Balmuto Tower

Classification House (Period Unassigned), Tower House (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Balmuto Castle; Balmuto House

Canmore ID 52776

Site Number NT28NW 1

NGR NT 22081 89721

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Fife
  • Parish Kinghorn
  • Former Region Fife
  • Former District Kirkcaldy
  • Former County Fife

Archaeology Notes

NT28NW 1.00 22081 89721.

NT28NW 1.01 21813 89597 West Lodge

(NT 2208 8972) Balmuto (NAT)

Tower (NR) (remains of)

OS 6"map, (1967)

The mansion of Balmuto includes a 15th century tower, two 16th century additions, and modern extensions. The earlier parts have been modernised internally.

The tower has been enclosed on all sides except the N. It is 24 3/4' N-S by 32 1/2' over walls about 6' thick. It contains three storeys, the lowest vaulted. The masonry is coursed rubble. The battlemented parapet is modern.

The 16th century addition on the W adjoins the tower and consists of a vaulted ground floor and two upper storeys. That on the S, which may be 16th century, is parallel to the tower and consists of a vaulted, except where altered, ground floor and an upper floor.

RCAHMS 1933.

Balmuto is now unoccupied and semi-derelict. It is as described by the RCAHMS.

Visited by OS (W D J) 11 March 1959.

No change to previous field report.

Visited by OS (S F S) 17 December 1975.

Architecture Notes

Georgian part demolished 1950/55

EXTERNAL REFERENCE: Scottish Record Office

Measurements of the additions to the house.

Masons: John Baxter & Co.

1797 GD 66/1/275

Estimate for mason work of an addition

Estimate of plumber work.

Mason: David Vertue

1815 GD 66/1/281


Photographic Survey (July 1962)

Photographic survey by the Scottish National Buildings Record in July 1962.


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