Falkland Palace

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Building summary
Falkland Palace 12.jpg View from the High Street
Name Falkland Palace
Address High Street, Falkland
Postcode KY15 7BY
Other names
Date 15th century
OS grid ref NO 25344 07454
Latitude & longitude 56°15'13"N 3°12'23"W

Falkland Palace is a former palace of the Kings and Queens of Scotland in Falkland High Street. Parts of the palace (the South Range and the Cross House) form a Category A listed Building. The remainder of the palace (excludng the Royal Stables and Real Tennis Court) constitutes a Scheduled Monument.

This entry to be further expanded.

HES listing details[1]

LB8798 (as listed bulding; also SM854 as scheduled monument)


01/02/1972; amended 27/06/2017



Address/Site Name

South Range of Falkland Palace including adjoining gatehouse to west and Cross House within east range, and excluding scheduled monument SM854, Falkland Palace, Falkland


The present palace was begun by James II. In the 16th century the Bethunes of Creich became hereditary keepers, the keepership passing by marriage to David Viscount Murray of Stormont who built a house on the site of the original castle early in the 17th century, long ago demolished; the keepership passed from the Murrays to the Earl of Atholl during the Commonwealth; and thence to the Dukes of Atholl; acquired 1787 by Skene of Pitlour, and thence by marriage to the Moncrieffs of the Myres; in 1820 General George Moncrieff disposed of it to Professor John Bruce whose niece brought it to O Tyndall Bruce who repaired the much neglected south quarter and gatehouse in 1840; acquired from the Bruces 1887 by the 3rd Marquess of Bute: to Lord Ninian Crichton Stuart 1900, to Major Michael Crichton Stuart 1915; National Trust Deputy Keeper 1952. [...]

Statement of special interest

Items 1-8 and 10-13 and 16B group with items 1-104 in Falkland Burgh. SCHEDULED MONUMENT. [...]

Former residents

Further references

"C16 early Renaissance showpiece created by James IV and James VI. In 1723 John Macky thought its courtyard 'the beautifullest Piece of Architecture in Britain. [...]"[2]

"A cluster of gems; difficult to categorise. Some say it is Gothic/Baronial/Palladian, others say Franco-Scottish with Italianate overtones. [...][3]


  1. For the full listing description, see http://portal.historicenvironment.scot/designation/LB8798
  2. Gifford, Fife, page 212. The full entry continues for five more pages, including a second-floor plan.
  3. Pride, Kingdom of Fife, page 85. The full entry continues to the end of page 86.

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