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Balwearie Castle

Tower House (Medieval)

Site Name Balwearie Castle

Classification Tower House (Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Balwearie Tower House

Canmore ID 52922

Site Number NT29SE 3

NGR NT 2516 9040

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Fife
  • Parish Kirkcaldy And Dysart
  • Former Region Fife
  • Former District Kirkcaldy
  • Former County Fife

Archaeology Notes

NT29SE 3 2516 9040

(NT 2516 9040) Balwearie Castle (NR) (Ruin)

OS 6" map, (1920)

REFERENCE: Edinburgh Public Library

Plans - James Grant's Sketch Book in MSS - Nos. 73-74 - Views and details in 1845 (55?).

(Undated) information in NMRS.

Balwearie Castle has been a 15th century tower. The north gable, east wall and part ofthe south wall stand fairly complete to their wallheads, about 45ft above ground, showing the tower to have been 43ft long and at least 28ft broad over walls averaging 6ft thick. The masonry, fairly cubical towards the base, is ashlar in 10 to 12 inch courses.

Tusking up to a height of 11ft on the SE angle suggests that a barmkin extended to the south and west.

RCAHMS 1933.

Balwearie Castle, and described by RCAHMS is fenced off and in a good state of preservation.

Visited by OS (W D J) 25 February 1959.


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