Monimail Kirkyard (1578)
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Monimail Kirkyard (1578)

A hamlet in a parish of the same name in northeast Fife, Monimail lies on the northern edge of the Howe of Fife on a minor road between the villages of Collessie and Letham. It once had a meal mill, smithy and brewhouse, but its origin is probably closely associated with a precursor of Monimail Tower (1578), a residence of the Bishops of St Andrews. The last cleric to reside here was Archbishop Hamilton who allegedly was cured of asthma by the Italian astrologer Cardan who advised him to drink water from a well nearby now known as Cardan's Well. The tower is incorporated into the garden wall of Melville House which was built between 1697 and 1703 by the 1st Earl of Melville to a design by James Smith. Monimail Parish Church (1794-97) has a four-stage Gothic tower built in 1811 by Robert Hutchison.

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