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FORGAN.] HISTORICAL MONUMENTS (SCOTLAND) COMMISSION. [INVERKEITHING.

place, roughly enclosed by a dike. Above the
entrance to the tomb is a pediment, no longer
complete, but containing in the upper part a
shield bearing : On a chaplet five mullets
counterchanged, for Nairne. Flanking the
shield are the initials A.N., for Alexander
Nairne of Sandifuird, ยน and at the foot of the
pediment is the date 1647. A sententious
rhymed inscription on a panel-space within the
pediment is now too worn to be legible, but a
reading is given in Millar's Fife, Pictorial and
Historical, ii, p. 282.

1 Laing Charters, No. 1997.

iv N.W. 26 May 1927.

271. Inscription, Chapel House, Newport. - A
stone built into a wall of Chapel House is
inscribed :

A . COTTAGE . IS . MY / VVLGARE . NAME .
I . STAND . NOT . HERE . FOR . PRYDE/OR . FAME.
BOT . TO . INLODGE . A . VANDERING . GUEST .
DELYTES . ON . PRIVACE . TO . FEAST .
AND . WHO . SHAL . PLEAS . TO . ENTER / HERE.
MOST . TAKE . KYND . WELCOME . FOR . GOOD .
CHEER.

i S.W. 27 May 1927.

272. Armorial Panel and Vault, Newton Farm.
- This panel is built into the gable on the west
side of the cart-shed. It is divided into two
parts. In the upper is a shield, surmounted by
mantling and a helm with a demi-griffin
segreant for crest, all beneath a label with the
motto, GRIP FAST. The shield is supported by
griffins and bears : Quarterly, 1st and 4th,
three buckles on a bend, for Leslie ; 2nd and
3rd, a lion rampant, for Abernethy - the whole
representing Leslie of that ilk. In the lower
portion of the panel is a shield supported by
'wodehouses' and bearing : A chevron be-
tween three crescents, probably for Dury.
Below the shield is a very weatherworn label,
bearing what seem to be the initials D.L. and
V.D.
In another part of the steading stands a small
vaulted chamber measuring internally 9 feet
4 inches by 8 feet 11 inches, the only surviving
fragment of a small 17th-century house, which
has been L-shaped on plan.

iv N.W. 26 May 1927.

SITES.

273. Cairn, Northfield. - The site of this cairn
occupies a conspicuous position on the crest of
the ridge to the south of Northfield farm. The
structure has been described as "composed
of earth, with a cairn of stones in the centre, in
the middle of which a stone coffin was got
containing a great quantity of bones. The coffin
was of large size, made of roughly polished
yellow sandstone." Cf. Proc. Soc. Ant. Scot.,
vi (1865-6), Pt. ii, p. 392.

i S.W. (unnoted). 25 May 1925.

274. Urn-Field at Westwood. - About the end
of October 1865 an urn-field with the urns
apparently set out regularly in the form of a
ring, was discovered at Westwood, near New-
port, in the line of the road or carriage drive to
the house. The find was described in detail at
the time to the Society of Antiquaries of
Scotland. See Proc. Soc. Ant. Scot., (1865-6),
Pt. ii, pp. 388-94, with plan. A somewhat
similar setting is recorded from the parish of
Ceres (cf. No. 110).

i S.W. (unnoted).


INVERKEITHING.

ECCLESIASTICAL BUILDINGS.

275. Parish Church, Inverkeithing. - In 1825
the parish church, dedicated to St. Peter, was
destroyed by fire, the only part that survived
entire being the west tower. When the church
was rebuilt on the foundations of the nave in
the following year, this tower was retained in
its original position (Fig. 299). The body of it
dates from the 14th century, though the parapet
is not earlier than the 16th. It is square on plan
and at each of the western angles has two
rectangularly disposed buttresses of two stages
with tabled tops. A fifth buttress covers the
junction of tower and church on the north,
while an oblique projection at the south-east
angle contains a wheel-stair. There are two
string-courses on the wall. The tower was
entered originally from the two pointed arch-
ways still to be seen inside the lowest storey.
The first of these, which is in the north wall, is


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