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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    BALMUTO CASTLE; BALMUTO HOUSE
  • Canmore ID
    52776
  • Site type
    HOUSE, TOWER HOUSE
  • County
    FIFE
  • Parish
    KINGHORN
  • Council
    FIFE
  • NGR
    NT 22081 89721
  • Latitude, longitude
    56.093899N, 3.253968W
  • Archeological 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.
  • Architectural 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

Related material information

PRINTS AND DRAWINGS

  • 52776 (1948)
    Plans, sections and elevations showing proposed and revised schemes for partial demolition.
  • 52776 (1948)
    Survey elevations and sections. Plans, sections and elevations showing scheme for renovation and partial demolition.
  • 52776 (1948)
    Preliminary sketches showing plans, sections and elevations including details of dimensions. Surveys plans showing roof, third floor of tower, ground, first and second floors.
  • 52776 (1948)
    Survey plans, sections and elevations.
  • 52776 (1972)
    Plans, sections and elevations showing rehabilitation scheme.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Survey plans, sections and elevations. Elevations as existing and showing alterations, including preliminary sketches. Details of masonry for windows.

PHOTOGRAPHS

  • 52776 (17/9/1998)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the tower-house, taken from the SSE.
  • 52776 (17/9/1998)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the tower-house, taken from the SSW.
  • 52776 (17/9/1998)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the tower-house, taken from the SW.
  • 52776 (17/9/1998)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the tower-house, taken from the W.
  • 52776 (17/9/1998)
    Oblique aerial view centred on the tower-house, taken from the WNW.
  • 52776 (1990)
    Aerial view of Balmuto Tower ruins
  • 52776 (1990)
    Aerial view of Balmuto Tower ruins
  • 52776 (1990)
    Aerial view of Balmuto Tower ruins
  • 52776 (1990)
    Aerial view of Balmuto Tower ruins
  • 52776 (1990)
    Aerial view of Balmuto Tower ruins
  • 52776 (1990)
    Aerial view of Balmuto Tower ruins
  • 52776 (1990)
    Aerial view of Balmuto Tower ruins
  • 52776 (6/1948)
    Photographic copy of drawing of ground floor and first floor plans.
  • 52776 (6/1948)
    Photographic copy of drawing of second floor plan, roof plan and third floor of tower plan.
  • 52776 (6/1948)
    Photographic copy of drawings of elevations.
  • 52776 (6/1948)
    Photographic copy of drawing of sections A-A, B-B, C-C and D-D.
  • 52776 (1972)
    Photographic view of ground floor plan showing rehabilitation scheme.
  • 52776 (1972)
    Photographic view of section through South range and tower looking West.
  • 52776 (4/1949)
    Revised Scheme of Partial Demolition - Second floor plan and sections 1/8":1' (Scheme for removal of Georgian block and restoration of tower) Original dyeline in possession of Mr D R Boswell
  • 52776 ()
    Proposed Scheme for Partial Demolition - Ground floor plan, south and east elevations 1/8":1' Original dyeline in possession of Mr D R Boswell
  • 52776 (4/1949)
    Revised Scheme of Partial Demolition - East, south and north elevations; section 1/8":1' Original dyeline in possession of Mr D R Boswell
  • 52776 (4/1949)
    Revised Scheme of Partial Demolition - Ground and first floor plans 1/8":1' Original dyeline in possession of Mr D R Boswell
  • 52776 ()
    Proposed Renovation - Ground and first floor plans 1/8":1' Original dyeline in possession of Mr D R Boswell
  • 52776 ()
    Proposed Renovation - Second floor plan 1/8":1' Original dyeline in possession of Mr D R Boswell
  • 52776 (1930)
    Detail of original entrance, now blocked up
  • 52776 (1930)
    General view
  • 52776 ()
    General view
  • 52776 ()
    General view
  • 52776 ()
    View of tower
  • 52776 ()
    View of tower
  • 52776 ()
    General view of east elevation (now demolished)
  • 52776 ()
    General view
  • 52776 ()
    General view of tower
  • 52776 ()
    General view
  • 52776 ()
    View of two window openings with pediments
  • 52776 ()
    Detail of window opening with dated pediment D-B 1680
  • 52776 ()
    Interior, west wing - vaulted west apartment, ground floor, view from south
  • 52776 ()
    Interior, west wing - vaulted west apartment, ground floor, view from south
  • 52776 ()
    Interior, west wing - south west apartment, ground floor, swimming pool from north east
  • 52776 ()
    Interior, west wing - south west apartment, ground floor, swimming pool from north east
  • 52776 ()
    Interior - staircase at first floor level, general view from south west
  • 52776 ()
    Interior - staircase at first floor level, general view from south west
  • 52776 ()
    Interior, main block - second floor, general view from south west
  • 52776 ()
    Interior, main block - second floor, general view from south west
  • 52776 ()
    Interior, main block - second floor, general view from north east
  • 52776 ()
    Interior, main block - second floor, general view from north east
  • 52776 ()
    Interior, main block - east staircase, from first to second floor
  • 52776 ()
    Interior, main block - east staircase, from first to second floor
  • 52776 ()
    Interior, main block - south east apartment, view from south east
  • 52776 ()
    Interior, main block - south east apartment, view from south east
  • 52776 ()
    Interior, south wing - view of kitchen fireplace from east
  • 52776 ()
    Interior, south wing - view of kitchen fireplace from east
  • 52776 ()
    General view from south west
  • 52776 ()
    General view from south west
  • 52776 ()
    View from south of garden archway in wall to west of house
  • 52776 ()
    View from south of garden archway in wall to west of house
  • 52776 ()
    Stable block - view of entrance archway from north
  • 52776 ()
    Stable block - view of entrance archway from north
  • 52776 ()
    Stable block - view of courtyard, south west corner
  • 52776 ()
    Stable block - view of courtyard, south west corner
  • 52776 ()
    Stable block - view of north wall in room to east of entrance archway
  • 52776 ()
    Stable block - view of north wall in room to east of entrance archway
  • 52776 ()
    Stable block - view from south east
  • 52776 ()
    Stable block - view from south east
  • 52776 ()
    South east wing from east north east
  • 52776 ()
    South east wing from east north east
  • 52776 ()
    General view from east
  • 52776 ()
    General view from east
  • 52776 ()
    South east wing from south east
  • 52776 ()
    South east wing from south east
  • 52776 ()
    South east wing from east south east
  • 52776 ()
    South east wing from east south east
  • 52776 ()
    South east wing, north facade; view of bell recess from east
  • 52776 ()
    South east wing, north facade; view of bell recess from east
  • 52776 ()
    Detail of south east wing from east
  • 52776 ()
    Detail of south east wing from east
  • 52776 ()
    View of south east wing from north east
  • 52776 ()
    View of south east wing from north east

DIGITAL IMAGES

  • 1311335 (27/9/2012)
    Oblique aerial view of Balmuto Tower, looking to the WSW.
  • 1311334 (27/9/2012)
    Oblique aerial view of Balmuto Tower, looking to the NW.
  • 1311333 (27/9/2012)
    Oblique aerial view of Balmuto Tower, looking to the NNW.
  • 1311332 (27/9/2012)
    Oblique aerial view of Balmuto Tower, looking to the N.
  • 1311331 (27/9/2012)
    Oblique aerial view of Balmuto Tower, looking to the E.
  • 1311330 (27/9/2012)
    Oblique aerial view of Balmuto Tower, looking to the ESE.
  • 1311329 (27/9/2012)
    General oblique aerial view of Balmuto Tower estate, looking to the SW.
  • 1311328 (27/9/2012)
    General oblique aerial view of Balmuto Tower estate, looking to the W.
  • 1311327 (27/9/2012)
    General oblique aerial view of Balmuto Tower estate, looking to the NW.
  • 1311326 (27/9/2012)
    General oblique aerial view of Balmuto Tower estate, looking to the NNW.
  • 1311325 (27/9/2012)
    General oblique aerial view of Balmuto Tower estate, looking to the NNE.
  • 1311324 (27/9/2012)
    General oblique aerial view of Balmuto Tower estate, looking to the SE.

SCANNED IMAGES

  • 52776 (1972)
    Photographic view of ground floor plan showing rehabilitation scheme.
  • 52776 (1972)
    Photographic view of section through South range and tower looking West.
  • 52776 (6/1948)
    Photographic copy of drawing of sections A-A, B-B, C-C and D-D.
  • 52776 (6/1948)
    Photographic copy of drawings of elevations.
  • 52776 (6/1948)
    Photographic copy of drawing of second floor plan, roof plan and third floor of tower plan.
  • 52776 (6/1948)
    Photographic copy of drawing of ground floor and first floor plans.
  • 1110989 (1930)
    Detail of original entrance, now blocked up
  • 1110988 (1930)
    General view

PRINT ROOM

  • 52776 (1971)
    Photographic view of tower.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Photographic view of window with pediment.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Photographic view of window.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Photographic view of windows.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Photographic view of windows.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Photographic view.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Photographic view.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Interior. Photographic view.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Interior. Photographic view.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Interior. Photographic view.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Photographic view.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Interior. Photographic view showing fireplace.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Interior. Photographic view showing detail of tower.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Interior. Photographic view showing detail of tower.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Interior. Photographic view of fireplaces.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Interior. Photographic view of fireplaces.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Interior. Photographic view of staircase.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Interior. Photographic view of staircase.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Photographic view of tower.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Photographic view showing detail of tower.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Photographic view showing detail of tower.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Photographic view showing ruined condition.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Photographic view of windows with ornamental pediments. Stamped on verso: 'Copyright photograph by Schomberg Scott 11, Forres Street Edinburgh EH3 6BJ'.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Photographic view of windows with ornamental pediments. Stamped on verso: 'Copyright photograph by Schomberg Scott 11, Forres Street Edinburgh EH3 6BJ'.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Photographic view of window with ornamental pediment. Stamped on verso: 'Copyright photograph by Schomberg Scott 11, Forres Street Edinburgh EH3 6BJ'.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Photographic view of window with ornamental pediment. Stamped on verso: 'Copyright photograph by Schomberg Scott 11, Forres Street Edinburgh EH3 6BJ'.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Photographic view of side facade. Stamped on verso: 'Copyright photograph by Schomberg Scott 11, Forres Street Edinburgh EH3 6BJ'.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Photographic view of side facade. Stamped on verso: 'Copyright photograph by Schomberg Scott 11, Forres Street Edinburgh EH3 6BJ'.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Photographic view of rear facade. Stamped on verso: 'Copyright photograph by Schomberg Scott 11, Forres Street Edinburgh EH3 6BJ'.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Photographic view of rear facade. Stamped on verso: 'Copyright photograph by Schomberg Scott 11, Forres Street Edinburgh EH3 6BJ'.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Photographic view of main entrance facade. Stamped on verso: 'Copyright photograph by Schomberg Scott 11, Forres Street Edinburgh EH3 6BJ'.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Photographic view of main entrance facade. Stamped on verso: 'Copyright photograph by Schomberg Scott 11, Forres Street Edinburgh EH3 6BJ'.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Photographic view of fireplace. Stamped on verso: 'Copyright photograph by Schomberg Scott 11, Forres Street Edinburgh EH3 6BJ'.
  • 52776 (1971)
    Photographic view of fireplace. Stamped on verso: 'Copyright photograph by Schomberg Scott 11, Forres Street Edinburgh EH3 6BJ'.

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Fife, Sheet 361854