House of Falkland

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Building summary
House of Falkland (geograph 3053145).jpg View of the entrance
Name House of Falkland
Address Falkland Estate
Postcode KY15 7AE
Other names Falkland House
St Ninian's RC School
Date 1839
Architects William Burn
Robert Weir Schultz
See map Map C
OS grid ref NO242074
Latitude & longitude 56°15'11"N 3°13'27"W
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HES listing details[1]
Category: A
Reference /date LB8763 / 01/02/1972
Address/Site Name

House of Falkland Estate, House of Falkland, Including Terraces and Fountains


William Burn, 1839-44. 2-storey, 6- x 7- bay, L-plan, balustraded and crowstep-gabled Jacobean manor house with attached single-storey and attic servants' courtyard to NW (currently school, 2011). Sandstone ashlar with buckle quoins. Base course, band course, cornice. Bi- and tri-partite window openings with stone mullions and transoms. Some narrow slit windows. Moulded architraves; some windows with strapwork window heads and aprons. Square corner turrets with finialled ogee roofs. Tall chimneys with barley sugar decorative shafts. [...]

Statement of special interest

House of Falkland is an outstanding example of a little externally altered mid 19th century country house by one of Scotland's leading architects and which contains an exceptional interior decorative scheme. [...]

The House of Falkland is a major country house to the west of the Burgh of Falkland, now used as a school.

Previous uses


Private house.

Special features


Former residents

Further references

"Jacobean manor of 1839–44, designed by William Burn for Onesiphorus Tyndall-Bruce, whose wife had inherited the Falkland estate from her uncle. In 1887 it was bought by the third Marquess of Bute, who, between 1890 and his death in 1900, employed R. W. Schultz to transform the interior from a display of early Victorian opulence to one of Late Victorian ideosyncrasy.[2]

"This mansion sits on a plateau between Maspie and Mill Burns with the Lomond Hills as a backdrop. It is a good example of Burn's expertise in domestic planning presented in English Jacobean with a sprinking of Scottish detail. ... The Late Victorian interior, particularly the chimneypieces and plasterwork designed by R W Shcult, is impressive."[3]


  1. There's much more in the full listing description:
  2. Gifford, Fife, pages 221–225. Gifford's substantial article about the house includes a plan of the main floor.
  3. Pride, Kingdom of Fife, page 89.

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