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CARDINAL BEATON'S TOWER Cardinal Beaton's Tower
Cardinal Beaton's Tower
Cardinal Beaton's Tower
Revd. [Reverend] William Leitch Manse
Lord Leven Melville Ho. [House]
010 [situation] Nearly 7/8 of a mile N.E by E [North East by East] of the Village of Collessie.
This tower is what remains of one of the residences of the Archbishops of St. Andrews. It is square, three storeys high with flat roof, the walls are about three feet thick, the windows varying in size. A stair case gives access to successive flats, being made of freestone it is much worn. The original structure appears to have been repaired by the Cardinal, as there are several figures with different head dresses to be seen in the upper part of the walls, as also his initials. The proprietor Lord Leven has converted the several apartments into store rooms etc.

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[Note - to "Cardinal Beatons Tower"] G [German] Text.

"Of antiquities the number is but small. An old tower yet stands, which is said to have been built by Cardinal Bethune or Beaton, who resided here in 1562. It seems to have formed an addition to a building which had previously been one of the country residences of the Archbishops of St. Andrews. There are several distinct heads of the Cardinal in his cap, in relieve upon the walls. The arms of the family of Bethune are also entire." New Stat: Acct: [Statistical Account] of Fifeshire page 40.

[Note - to deleted error in Quotation] ? Superfluous

[signed] James Carpenter c, asst. [Civilian Assistant] 15th June 1854.

[signed] H. James Cap R.E. [Captain, Royal Engineers]

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