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Building summary
Name Ladywell
Address Falkland
Postcode KY15 7DE
Other names Glebelands
Parish Church Manse
Date 1807
Architect Thomas Barclay
See map Map C (as "Manse")
OS grid ref NO 25884 6882
Latitude & longitude 56°14′55″N 3°11′52″W
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HES listing details[1]
Category B
Reference / Date LB31362 / 12/01/1971
Address/Site Name Parish Church Manse including garden wall and offices, Chapel Yard

Thomas Barclay 1807. 2-storey 5-window ashlar fronted, remainder rubble. Lean-to outshot at west gable, back wing. Slated

Statement of special interest

Elevated site


NSA v IX p938. Hentors [sic] Records. In 1803 they advertised for plans but received no replies. The minister in exaspiration produced a plan based on the manse of Kettle, which was executed by Andrew White and Robert Hutchison. Thomas Barclay was subsequently paid 4 gn for plans and specifications.

1963 listing details[2]
Number: 71
Address/Site Name Parish Church Manse, Chapel Yard

1807: 2-storey: coursed rubble and slate: later additions: elevated site: (N.S.A.)

Ladywell is a private house (now self-catering accommodation) on the slopes of the East Lomond Hill, overlooking Falkland, near Chapelyard. It was formerly the Manse (the residence of the Parish Church Minister).

Previous uses

Parish Manse (minister's residence).

Former residents

  • Rev. George Buist (from 1806)


  • Rev. A. Lyon Johnston (minister from 1898 until his death in 1911.
  • Rev. J. K. Russell (minister 1912 onwards)

Further references

"On the approach from the SE, a pair of sentries on the hillside to the L, Glebelands, the old Parish Manse, by Thomas Barclay, 1807. The early C19 Chapelyard House next door is much smarter, ..."[3]

"My Lord,
We had a meeting of the Works Committee yesterday evening at the Glebe, with reference to the water supply to the Manse and Chapelyard. The present old horseshoe pipes conducting the water from a spring in the Glebe to a tank at the bottom of it have become defective and choked up.
Your obedient servant, George Gavin."[4]

"My Lord,
The meeting called to consider the minister’s proposal to light the Manse by electricity was held yesterday. After discussing the details in the minister’s scheme it was unanimously resolved that, while the heritors would place no obstacle in the way of his introducing electric light into the Manse, they could not agree to his request to take the plant over from him on his leaving the parish. ...
Your obedient servant, George Gavin."[5]

"A large and elegant country house set amidst hundreds of acres of farmland on the edge of the beautiful and historic village of Falkland in Fife. The house was built as a manse in 1806 for the Rev. George Buist, and designed by a famous architect, Thomas Barclay. This Georgian home was formerly home to Frances Shand Kydd, and has been visited by Diana, Princess of Wales, and her sons, the Princes William and Harry."[6]


  1. HES record for LB31362
  2. List of buildings, 1963.
  3. Pride, Kingdom of Fife, page 218.
  4. Falkland Estate papers, 16 April 1910, quoted in Playfair and Burgess, page 295.
  5. Letter from George Gavin to Lord Ninian, 10 May 1910, quoted in Playfair and Burgess, page 296.
  6. Ladywell House website, retrieved 9/02/2020