Basic Site Details

Name: Melville House
City or county: Fife
Country: Scotland
Status: A Listed
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Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Boys' homeYes 

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Country House  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 31697 Plans drawn up 
Item 2 of 316971700Build/constructionHouse built
Item 3 of 31939  Repairs and modernisation of services


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 6Fife County Education Architect's DepartmentArchitectB  With Joseph Manson as project architect for alterations /new build to form youth training centre
Item 2 of 6Joseph MansonArchitectB  Alterations to form training centre or new building in grounds?
Item 3 of 6(Sir) William Bruce ArchitectA1697 Drew up design. May or may not have been the design executed by James Smith.
Item 4 of 6Alexander EdwardArchitectC1697 Acted as assistant to Bruce, drawing out Bruce's designs and was to be sent to explain the drawings to the Earl of Melville before proceeding with the drawings for gardens and court.
Item 5 of 6James SmithArchitect, EngineerD16971700May have executed the design by Bruce.
Item 6 of 6Reginald Francis Joseph FairlieArchitect 1939 Repairs and modernisation of services


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 2 of 3Nuttgens, Patrick1959Reginald Fairlie 1883-1952: A Scottish Architect Edinburgh: Oliver & Boydp54
Item 3 of 3Vitruvius Britannicus1717Vitruvius Britannicus  volume ii, pl 50

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 6Courtesy of Gavin McConnell May 2012Information sent to Yvonne Hillyard  
Item 2 of 6Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register15448 
Item 3 of 6National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Gifts and depositsGD 26/13/272p440. (letters)
Item 4 of 6National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Gifts and depositsGD 26/6/158; 26/6/164Plumber's contract witnessed by Smith; lawsuit over contract.
Item 5 of 6National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Register House PlansRHP 4093 
Item 6 of 6National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Architects Index