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Crawford Priory

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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Crawford Priory, a mansion in the N of Cults parish, central Fife, near the right bank of the Eden, 3 miles SW of Cupar. Built in 1813 by Lady Mary Lindsay Crawford, who in 1808 had succeeded to the Crawford-Lindsay estates on the death of her brother, the twenty second Earl of Crawford, it was originally a splendid castellated edifice in the Gothic style, but fell into neglect and dilapidation, till in 1871-72 it was thoroughly renovated and enlarged, a carriage porch and vestibule being then erected at the S entrance, and a Gothic tower and spire, 115 feet high, at the E side, whilst a portion of the interior was converted into a private Episcopal chapel. It now is a seat of George Frederick Boyle, sixth Earl of Glasgow (b. 1825; suc. 1869), who owns 5625 acres in the shire, valued at £9085 per annum. See also Cumbre, Hawkhead, and Kelburn.

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