Seafield Tower

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Seafield Tower
Fife, Scotland
Seafield tower.jpg
Seafield Tower is located in Scotland
Seafield Tower
Seafield Tower
Coordinates 56°04′59″N 3°09′36″W / 56.08295°N 3.16011°W / 56.08295; -3.16011
Type Tower-house and courtyard
Site information
Condition ruined
Site history
Built c. 1542
Built by John Moultray
In use until 1733
Materials Sandstone

Seafield Tower is a ruined castle on the North Sea coast of Fife in Scotland (grid reference NT279884). The Fife Coastal Path passes the tower.

Built of local red sandstone in the 16th century,[1] Seafield Tower lies between Kinghorn and Kirkcaldy in Fife, Scotland. The lands of Seafield and Markinch were granted to Robert Multrare by James II of Scotland in 1443.[2] The lands and the tower remained in the ownership of the Multrare (or Moultrie as the family name became) until 1631 when the lands were sold to James Law then Archbishop of Glasgow.[3] With Law's death in 1632 ownership of the tower becomes lost but eventually it passed into the hands of the Methven family. Its last owner was Methven of Raith who abandoned it in 1733.

The tower was believed to be five stories high with walls 5 feet (1.5 m) thick and maximum internal dimensions of 20 feet 2 inches (6.1 m) by 14 feet 4 inches (4.4 m).[4]

Between 1973 and 2015 the remains of the tower were designated a Category B listed building by Historic Scotland.[5] The tower was delisted from Category B in 2015 as since 2003, it has been within a wider area around the tower which has been a designated scheduled monument since 1937.[6][7]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Seafield Tower". The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. 1933. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  2. ^ South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine p. 230.
  3. ^ South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine p. 239.
  4. ^ South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine p. 243.
  5. ^ "SEAFIELD TOWER". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Seafield Tower". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 24 February 2017. 
  7. ^ "Seafield Tower". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 24 February 2017. 

References[edit]

  • "The Moutries". The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine. Charleston, SC: South Carolina Historical Society. 5 (2): 228–260. 1904. JSTOR 27575081.