Basic Site Details

Name: Dysart House
Town, district or village: Dysart
City or county: Fife
Country: Scotland
Status: B listed
Grid ref:
Notes: CHECK: Gillespie and Scott also did offices and buildings at East Lodge in the 1890s - check date in list and add to this entry.

Alternative Names

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

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2House  
Item 2 of 2Monastery  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 7Late 1740s Alterations and additionsPlans drawn up for alterations or rebuilding. Not executed.
Item 2 of 717561758Build/construction 
Item 3 of 718081814AdditionRear wings and west extension
Item 4 of 71897  Stables
Item 5 of 71900   
Item 6 of 71906  Motor car house, house and stable offices. New street on estate
Item 7 of 7c. 1930  Alterations


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 13John DouglasArchitectT17481749Plan for alteration or rebuilding. Not executed.
Item 2 of 13George PatersonArchitectD17561758New house
Item 3 of 13Alexander LaingArchitectS18081814Probably designed rear wings and west extension
Item 4 of 13Gillespie & ScottArchitectural practiceB1897 Stables
Item 5 of 13James Ross GillespieArchitectB1897 Stables
Item 6 of 13James ScottArchitectB1897 Stables
Item 7 of 13Gillespie & ScottArchitectural practiceA1900 Alterations including porch
Item 8 of 13James Ross GillespieArchitectA1900 Alterations including porch
Item 9 of 13James ScottArchitectA1900 Alterations including porch
Item 10 of 13Gillespie & ScottArchitectural practiceC1906 Motor car house, house and stable offices. New street on estate
Item 11 of 13James Ross GillespieArchitectC1906 Motor car house, house and stable offices. New street on estate
Item 12 of 13James ScottArchitectC1906 Motor car house, house and stable offices. New street on estate
Item 13 of 13Walter AlisonArchitect 1930 Alterations


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2Nairn, Sir Michael 
Item 2 of 2Sinclair, JamesClient for 1750s house (he died in 1762)


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 5Fife Archives, Iona House, John Smith Business Park, KirkcaldyKirkcaldy Dean of Guild Court Ref 2227 (56/30)
Item 2 of 5Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register36416Dysart, Carmelite Monastery, Former Dysart House with St Serf's Cave, Terraced Garden and Boundary Walls
Item 3 of 5NASSC Archives (Sc)SC 20/44/2, p142 
Item 4 of 5National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Gifts and depositsGD 164/723; Vouchers (Paterson work). GD 164/689, no 12 for proposed Douglas work and 164/693 for account due to Douglas for timber
Item 5 of 5St Andrews University LibraryJames Gillespie and Scott Archive Bundle nos 144, 260, 263, 269, 287, 900A, 939