Wemyss Castle

Region : Fife
Location :  Wemyss
Details : It is thought that a castle may have been built here by the MacDuffs of Fife in the 11th century. Edward I visited here in 1304, staying with MacDuff’s descendant, Michael Wemyss. However Edward later ordered the castle to be destroyed.

The present castle therefore was built by the Wemyss family in the 14th century, it passed to the Livingstones and then in 1530 it was taken over by the Colvilles who built a second tower in the south-west corner and an enclosed courtyard. It is that second tower which still survives.
Its present ruinous state is not just due to the fact that it has been unoccupied for several hundred years but that the sandstone has weathered very badly. The Castle is now owned by Historic Scotland
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