Path House

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Path House

Path House , formerly Dunnikier House , is a mansion in the Scottish town of Kirkcaldy in the Fife Council Area . In 1971, the building was included as an individual monument in the Scottish list of monuments in the highest monument category A.


The mansion was built in 1692 by John Watson after his marriage to Euphan Orrock . This is confirmed by the monograms "IW" and "EO" that have been preserved in various places on the house. After a few years it passed to the Oswald family . In the early 18th century, Path House was redesigned. The rear wings may come from this construction phase. As Kirkcaldy grew closer to the manor house, the Oswalds decided in the 1790s to rebuild the building , also called Dunnikier House , further away from Kirkcaldy. In 1891, Path House was converted to the rectory of the local parish church . In this context, the mansion was renovated. The Fife Health Board acquired Path House in 1979 and restored it. The current name was also used here. After initially serving as a nurses' home, it has housed a health center since the 1990s.


The three-story building is on Nether Street ( A921 ) near Kirkcaldy's harbor. It originally had an L-shaped floor plan. Its facades are plastered with Harl , with the natural stone surrounds being offset. A rounded stair tower with a conical roof and weather vane emerges in the inner corner of the south-facing main facade . The facade is largely symmetrical. The profiled main portal is located next to the tower. A frieze runs below the simple crowning . Twelve-part lattice windows are embedded along the facade . Monograms adorn the cornices of the dormer windows . The final roofs are covered with gray slate.

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d Listed Building - Entry . In: Historic Scotland .
  2. Listed Building - Entry . In: Historic Scotland .

Web links

Commons : Path House  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Coordinates: 56 ° 7 ′ 10.3 "  N , 3 ° 8 ′ 51.6"  W.