mansion house with a garden and fine views looking out over the
Firth of Forth, situated in the East Neuk of Fife a mile north
of St Monance.
Originally the site of a tower house, Balcaskie was remodelled
by Sir William Bruce, Surveyor-General of the Royal Works in
Scotland, who owned the property from 1665 to 1684. In 1698
Balcaskie came into the hands of the Anstruthers who still live
in the house. Bruce's garden was the first formally-designed
garden to be created in Scotland and the driveway from the west
was designed by W.S. Gilpin in 1826-27.
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