Lordscairnie Castle

Cupar, United Kingdom

Cairnie was a property of the Lindsay family, later Earls of Crawford, from 1355. The tower was constructed around 1500 by Alexander Lindsay of Auchtermoonzie (d.1517). The second son of the 4th earl of Crawford, Alexander subsequently became 7th earl, inheriting the earldom from his nephew who was killed at the Battle of Flodden in 1513. According to John Knox, James V of Scotland visited the castle just before his death in 1542. It was unoccupied in the 17th century, and was used for religious meetings by an outlawed Episcopal congregation. It was later used for agricultural purposes.

It was originally an L-plan tower house with five storeys, including a barrel-vaulted basement and a garret. The stair tower is located on the north-west side, linking all floors from a ground floor entrance. The parapet and many of the dressed stones forming the window surrounds have been lost. To the north-east is a single round tower, once flanking a gate within an outer enclosure wall.

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Founded: c. 1500
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom

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Alan Todd (3 months ago)
I wasn't actually at the castle, passed it about ,50 times driving potatoes, so somehow i visited it according to this site/app
Ryley Marko (2 years ago)
Very cool place... it is a great experience walking back to the castle
Mark M (2 years ago)
Great Castle worth a look
Patrick Marzo (3 years ago)
Mysterious place
Gary Dawson (3 years ago)
Visited recently this Castle was at one time up for sale so decided to take a closer look waist deep in stinging nettles was disappointed of how much it is now crumbling away but saying that I've known worse in getting restored so i suppose how deep your pocket goes if you are interested surrounded at one time with water or marsy ground and barmiken wall for added defence lovely farm field surroundings.
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