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Earlshall Castle

A historical perspective, drawn from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885.

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Earlshall, an ancient mansion in Leuchars parish, Fife, 7 furlongs ESE of Leuchars village. Said to have been named from a former estate of the Earls of Fife, it was built in years from 1546 till 1620, and was for generations the seat of the family of Bruce. It mainly consists of a square tower, and it contains a great hall, 50 feet long and 18 wide, with a fine arched roof, on which are emblazoned the arms of the Bruces and of numerous great houses with which they were allied by marriage. It continued to be inhabited down into the present century, and it stands in a small park, planted with venerable trees.

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