Path House

(Dunnikier House)

Located on Nether Street in Pathhead, a mile (1.5 km) northeast if the centre of Kirkcaldy in S Fife, Path House dates from 1692. It was built as Dunnikier House for John Watson and Euphan Orrock, whose initials are carved above a window, and comprises a white-harled two-storey plus attic L-plan mansion. The house features a roll-moulded doorway, a sundial on the southwestern corner of the house, and a circular stair tower with a conical slate roof in the re-entrant angle. The north-facing dormer-heads are crow-stepped and the house has been extended by a pair of modern single-storey blocks to the rear. This became the home of the Oswald family who were wealthy merchants. However James Townsend Oswald (1748 - 1814) gave up the house for the more pleasant surroundings of a new Dunnikier House on the northern outskirts of Kirkcaldy. in 1891 this house was altered to become the manse for Dunnikier Church. A-listed since 1971, it was renovated as a nurses residence in 1979, when the name was changed, and this renovation was recognised with a Saltire Society commendation and a Kirkcaldy Civic Trust award. It was converted to become Pathhead Medical Centre in the 1990s.

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