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List of names as written Various modes of spelling Authorities for spelling Situation Description remarks
Site of KINGSBARNS CASTLE Site of Kingsbarns Castle
Site of Kingsbarns Castle
Mr. A, Latto Ph. [Parish] Schoolmaster
Mr. James Bowman Farmer, Crail
013 [situation] A little N.E. [North East] from the Village.
Upon the spot shewn on tracing stood the Castle of Kingsbarns, the former residence of the lords of the Manor. No account, tradition or otherwise, of its strength, date of erection, etc. exists, but it is said in the locality that it was built and occasionally occupied by some of the Scottish Kings, and that it had a granary or barn attached: to this they ascribe the origin of the name "Kingsbarns". No remains of this Castle are now visible, except the moat by which it was surrounded. The given authorities, who pointed out the site, remember the foundations being removed a few years ago. -

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[Quotation - Kingsbarns Castle] [Note] G [German] Text
"The place is shown, and the form of a
"Moat is still discernible immediately above
"the Sea-Beach, and about half a Mile from
"the village, where what was called the Castle
" of Kingsbarns once Stood The remains of
" its foundation, Composed of large and massy
"Stones, regularly laid, were a few years ago
"removed by the Present tenant. As a Royal
" or baronial residence the Site is Certainly
"Small; but if it be viewed as the place
"where the above feu, chiefly in grain, was
"deposited until removed for the use of the
" royal household at Falkland, - in fact, as
"the granary or barn of the King, - then the size
" is suitable, And the name of the Parish is
" fairly derived and readily explained. Its
"Castellated form was essential when the
" marauding incursions of the Scandinavian
" nations, in these days of Rapine and violence
"Are borne in mind " Stat: Acct: [Statistical Account] of Fifeshire page 90

[signed] James Carpenter C. Asst. [Civilian Assistant] 10th Feby. 1854.
[signed] H James. Cap RE [Captain, Royal Engineers.] 11th. Feby. 1854

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