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Knockdavie Castle

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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    STENHOUSE
  • Canmore ID
    52866
  • Site type
    HOUSE
  • County
    FIFE
  • Parish
    BURNTISLAND
  • Council
    FIFE
  • NGR
    NT 2118 8822
  • Latitude, longitude
    56.080268N, 3.268003W
  • Archeological notes
    NT28NW 9 2118 8822. (NT 2118 8822) Knockdavie Castle (NR) (remains of) OS 6" map, (1967) Knockdavie Castle is now a complete ruin. It has been a small 17th century house, oblong on plan, measuring externally 67 1/4' E-W by 19 3/4' with rubble-built walls 2'7" thick. On the N is a semi-circular projection for a turnpike stair. D MacGibbon and T Ross 1887-92; RCAHMS 1933. Knockdavie Castle, in a ruinous condition, is as described. Visited by OS (W D J) 11 March 1959. No change to previous field report. Visited by OS (S F S) 17 December 1975. The monument consists of the remains of a small 17th century house which has had two floors and stands on a small piece of level ground on the shoulder of a hill. MacGibbon and Ross suggest the castle belonged to a Douglas in the 17th century, known as an opponent of the Covenanters. It is sited on a raised mound 1.5m high. The building is approximately oblong on plan, measuring 22m E-W by 12m N-S. The masonry is random rubble with lime mortar. There are substantial upstanding portions in the east and west ends and the ground plan is easily read. The ground floor was divided into two by a partition wall. The NW angle stands to a height of c.5-6m from exterior ground level. Much of this west end has fallen into the interior. In the north wall are the lower courses of a turnpike stair. The west portion may have had a vaulted basement and the top of a debris blocked doorway can be seen in the south west wall. The south wall is fragmentary, the main portion surviving in the south east. Here there is a door space and a mural cupboard. There are the remains of a rectangular structure built onto the south east angle which drops to a lower level, measuring c.3.5m square. There are vague footings to the west and south of the castle, although there is insufficient detail to make out individual structures. Imformation from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 20 January 1992.
  • Architectural notes
    N/A

Related material information

DIGITAL IMAGES

  • 1311342 (27/9/2012)
    Oblique aerial view of Knockdavie Castle, looking to the S.
  • 1311341 (27/9/2012)
    Oblique aerial view of Knockdavie Castle, looking to the W.
  • 1311340 (27/9/2012)
    Oblique aerial view of Knockdavie Castle, looking to the NW.
  • 1311339 (27/9/2012)
    Oblique aerial view of Knockdavie Castle, looking to the NNW.
  • 1311338 (27/9/2012)
    Oblique aerial view of Knockdavie Castle, looking to the N.
  • 1311337 (27/9/2012)
    Oblique aerial view of Knockdavie Castle, looking to the NNE.
  • 1311336 (27/9/2012)
    Oblique aerial view of Knockdavie Castle, looking to the NE.

1st edition 6-inch maps

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