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Isle of May the Beacon, Former Lighthouse

A Category B Listed Building in East Neuk and Landward, Fife

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.1859 / 56°11'9"N

Longitude: -2.5565 / 2°33'23"W

OS Eastings: 365554

OS Northings: 699386

OS Grid: NT655993

Mapcode National: GBR ND1C.HJT

Mapcode Global: WH8V0.PST7

Entry Name: Isle of May the Beacon, Former Lighthouse

Listing Date: 1 March 1984

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 333649

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB2686

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Anstruther Wester

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: East Neuk and Landward

Parish: Anstruther Wester

Traditional County: Fife

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Description

Stump of 1636 lighthouse remains to N of Tarbethole.
Originally resembled small square tower house. Now single
storey with castellated parapet raised over angles. Harled.
Door with roll-moulded architrave, corniced, roll-moulded
panel above with date 1636 and crest, window to right of
door. Newel stair and 17th century chimneypiece with
strapwork decoration above and initials of the Cunningham
family.

Statement of Interest

Scheduled Ancient Monument, No 887.

Built by John Cunningham of Barnes.

Originally 40 feet high.

Sir Walker Scott persuaded the Northern Lighthouse Board to

keep this part of the old lighthouse "to ruin it a la

pittoresque".

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