Basic Site Details

Name: Raith House
Town, district or village: Kirkcaldy
City or county: Fife
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Original house 1693-6, probably by James Smith

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Raith Park  

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 616931696 Central block
Item 2 of 617851786AdditionExtensions. Gateway and lodge (Colvin does not mention additions).
Item 3 of 61899  Alterations to library and garden layout
Item 4 of 61933  Memorial cross in burial ground
Item 5 of 61963 Won award or awardsMichael Laird work won CT award
Item 6 of 6c. 1963 Restoration 


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 5James PlayfairArchitectB17851786Extensions. According to Colvin Playfair added a gateway and lodge.
Item 2 of 5(Sir) Robert Stodart LorimerArchitect 1899 Alterations to library and garden layout
Item 3 of 5John Fraser MatthewArchitectA1933 Memorial cross in burial ground
Item 4 of 5Lorimer & MatthewArchitectural practiceA1933 Memorial cross in burial ground
Item 5 of 5Michael Donald LairdArchitectHc. 1963 Restoration?


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Ferguson, William Client for James Playfair work


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Gifford, John1988Fife (The Buildings of Scotland)  pp352-3
Item 2 of 4Pride, Glen L1999The Kingdom of Fife2nd EditionThe Rutland Pressp50-51
Item 3 of 4RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   
Item 4 of 4Savage, Peter1980Lorimer and the Edinburgh Craft Designers Edinburgh: Paul Harris Publishing, 1980 (also paperback ed, London & Edinburgh: Steve Savage, 2005)p172

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Gifts and depositsGD 248/591/2Letter to James Findlater
Item 2 of 3National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSLorimer and Matthew Collection LOR R/2, LOR R/14
Item 3 of 3Soane MuseumSoane Museum Collection Soane portfolio