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Burntisland, Rossend Castle

Tower House (Medieval)

Site Name Burntisland, Rossend Castle

Classification Tower House (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Burntisland Castle

Canmore ID 52791

Site Number NT28NW 23

NGR NT 22868 85789

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NT28NW 23.00 22868 85789

NT28NW 23.01 22908 85782 Gazebo

NT28NW 23.02 22956 85847 Archway

See also

NT28NW 266 22795 85844 1-3 and 6 Melville Gardens (Part of Lodge)

NT28NW 366 22805 85825 4 Melville Gardens (Part of Lodge)

NT28NW 367 22806 85855 5 Melville Gardens (Part of Lodge)

(NT 2286 8579) Rossend Castle (NR)

OS 6" map, (1967)

Rossend Castle is a large T-plan tower house dated 1554. The W wing incorporates remains of a 13th century structure at ground floor level, where a range of lancet windows may be seen. This, together with the fact that the W wing is aligned E-W, might suggest that the earlier surviving remains at Rossend represent an ecclesiastical building, associated possibly with a secular residence. It is significant that a structure identifiable as Rossend Castle was described as a "fortalice sumtyme callit the Abbotis Hall" or "callit of auld the Abbotis Hall" on the grange of Wester Kinghorn (Burntisland) (Information from National Monuments Record sheet FIR/22/1, visited 1970).

RCAHMS 1933.

Rossend Castle is as described. It is now derelict.

Visited by OS (J P) 24 June 1974.

Restored 1978.

(Undated) information in NMRS.

Office of Hurd Rolland Partnership Architects.

Architecture Notes

NT28NW 23.00 22868 85789

Non-Guardianship Sites Plan Collection, DC28476- DC28480, 1955 & 1958.


Painted ceiling removed to the Museum of Antiquities, Edinburgh


Photographic Survey (1954)

Photographic survey by the Scottish National Buildings Record in 1954.


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