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Myres Castle

A Category B Listed Building in Auchtermuchty, Fife

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.2852 / 56°17'6"N

Longitude: -3.2265 / 3°13'35"W

OS Eastings: 324170

OS Northings: 710978

OS Grid: NO241109

Mapcode National: GBR 27.7TB7

Mapcode Global: WH6R1.D9T1

Entry Name: Myres Castle

Listing Date: 1 March 1984

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 333618

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB2658

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Auchtermuchty

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Howe of Fife and Tay Coast

Parish: Auchtermuchty

Traditional County: Fife

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Description

Tower house of 1530 altered and added to in 17th, 18th and
19th centuries, with renovation 1890, H Walker of Edinburgh.
Harled with ashlar margins and dressings, coped stacks,
crow-stepped gables and slate roofs.
2 and 3 storeys with basements/cellars and attics. 1530
tower house adjoining lower, secondary (contemporary?) block
to west making Z-plan, with circular stair turret at north
east re-entrant angle and at diagonally opposite angles;
that to south east has 2 tiers of gun ports and is corbelled
to square for 2 upper storeys, parapet with decorated panels
dated 1612 or 1616, with conical-roofed cap house.
Openings mostly enlarged; small-pane sashes. Additions to
secondary block; 4-bay west wing (probably 1822), with angle
turret and nepus gable facing south, and composite rear range
in Z-plan (circa 1760 and various 19th century alterations
and additions) comprising former stable block (rusticated
quoins and 2 modern garage openings) extending from L-plan
wing; latter is now part 3 and part 2-storey with full-
height canted projection facing walled garden, porch to
north gable, eastern wing raised and additional corbelled
angle turret at south east. 2-storey 3-bay cottage to north
linked by low covered way.

Statement of Interest

Built for Scrymgeour family of Myres, and possibly by John

Scrymgeour, Master of the King's works, who was engaged

nearby at Falkland Palace.

Upper addition to south east turret bears a datestone, and

armorial panels of Stephen Paterson and Elizabeth Mure, his

wife, who had acquired Myres by 1611. The date-stone may

read 1612 or 1616 (dates 1530, circa 1760 and 1822 from

owner: A H Millar says "greatly enlarged and improved 1828").

Family home for a time of Reginald Fairlie, architect,

although (1981) no work by him at Myres is identified.

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