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Building summary
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Name Balreavie Farmhouse
Address Falkland
Postcode KY15 7DF
Date 18th century
OS grid ref NO 26706 06494
Latitude & longitude 56°14′43″N 3°11′03″W

Balreavie Farmhouse is a house on the A912 where it crosses the Balreavie Burn, south of Newton of Falkland and south-east of Kilgourieknowe.

HES listing details[1]
Reference: LB8813 Date: 01/02/1972 Category: B
Address/Site Name

Balreavie, House and Steading


18th century, originally single-storey, raised to 2-storey 3-window later in century, rubble-built; later 2-storey 1-window addition coursed whin rubble with ashlar dressings, slated cable moulded club-skews; mid 19th century single-storey and loft steading wing, polygonal horsemill.

Former uses

An inn in 1828.[2]

Former residents

  • David Duncan of Balreavie (his gravestone in Falkland graveyard .dated 1846)
  • 1855 John Duncan
  • 1885 John Fleming tenant
  • 1920 John Ness owner occupier.
  • 1940 David Anderson staying at Kilgowrieknowe
  • 1960 Hugh Butter[3]

Other references

"The name derives from the Gaelic words baile riabhach, meaning a " 'Striped or variegated estate' This is almost certainly the etymology of this farm-name on the main road from Falkland to Markinch (A912), but is it an indigenous place-name? Its unusually late appearance (for a Bal-name), and its status as an inn in 1828 suggest that it is not, but rather that it was a transferred name, perhaps from Balreavie, Longmorn by Elgin [Moray]."[2]


  1. HES record for LB8813
  2. 2.0 2.1 Taylor, Place-Names, page 144.
  3. Information from former neighbour.