Fife: About 5 miles north-west of St Andrews, on minor roads north of A919, north-east of Leuchars, at Pitlethie.
Site of tower or old house, and ‘Pitlassie’ is marked on Gordon’s map of Fife, then as ‘Pitlathey’ on Blaeu’s map of the east part of Fife. ‘Pitleathie’ is depicted on Adair’s map of the east part of Fife and is shown as a castle in enclosed and wooded policies. A 17th-century panel is reset in Pitlethie House, a two-storey mansion which dates from the early 19th century. Substantial foundations are said to have been found in the gardens of the house before 1795 and the mansion was reputedly built from the older building, perhaps occupying part of the site.
The heraldic panel is said to bear the arms of Archbishop Alexander Stewart, who died along with (his father) James IV at the Battle of Flodden in 1513, and the king is said to have used Pitlethie for hunting. The property was probably held by the Bruces in the early part of the 17th century and possibly earlier, but may have gone to the Reids and Master James Reid of Pitlethie is mentioned in the 1641 Commission for the visitation of the University of St Andrews (although also see Pitlessie and this may be a confusion with that property). The property later went to the Lawsons, who were in possession in the first half of the 19th century.
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