is one of the oldest celtic names in Fife and is a corruption
of Balan-breac, meaning "town of trouts". This is of course
a reference to the salmon to be found there, and even in modern
times it has enjoyed the reputation of being a first class fishing
The original fabric of the castle dates from the 14th century.
It consisted then of a small keep set upon the south wall of
a great courtyard of oblong shape, with the keep projecting
beyond the walls to the South.
Previously to the 14th century the Barony of Ballinbreich was
held by the ancient family of Abernethy but ten passed through
marriage into the hands of the Earls of Rothes.
In the sixteenth century alterations and additions were made
that gave the castle the outline that can still be seen today.
It has been mined for generations and it was when one of the
inner walls collapsed that the 14th century masonry work was
revealed. The workmanship of the masonry is considered unsurpassed
Ballinbreich is situated on private ground and anyone wishing
to visit should first gain permission.
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