I had never been to Riverside Park in Glenrothes so after photographing the interesting graffiti at the underpass betweeen South Parks and Macedonia I drove the short distance to the park and started to explore the many walks. There are numerous trails along the river and through the woods which are very scenic. Heading west towards Leslie I eventually came to an old abandoned house, Leslie House, which I had never seen or heard about.
Leslie House was built for the Duke of Rothes between 1667 and 1674 and became the seat of the Rothes family. The house, which was dubbed Villa De Rothes, was the centre of life in the village and once rivalled Holyrood Palace in terms of size and glamour.
The house is the largest and earliest Restoration house in Fife, Scotland. Several of the buildings are listed. Sir Robert SpencerNairn acquired the house in 1919 and in 1952, donated it to the Church of Scotland. A 2009 fire severely damaged the building.
From 1904 to 1919 Leslie House was the home of Noëlle, Countess of Rothes, a noted philanthropist who became famous as a heroine of the Titanic disaster in 1912. During World War I Lady Rothes converted a wing of Leslie House into a hospital for wounded soldiers invalided from the Front. Leslie House was again severely damaged by fire in February 2009. Restoration of the building, as well as plans to create 17 luxury homes from the renovated property, is proposed but the building is currently on the Buildings at Risk Register.
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