Melville House

Melville House MML S NO298137 1 55m

    the house of Melvell 1723 Geog. Coll. i, 303 [‘a little to the south’ of the bishop’s house of Monimaill, and also /p. 304/ one and a half miles south of The Mount][332]
    Melvin Kirk 1753 Roy sheet 18, 2 [name attached to house and lands of Melville House; a conflation of Melville House and Monimail Kirk?]
    Melvill-house 1790s OSA, 652 [struck with a remarkable thunderstorm]
    Melville Park 1828 SGF [also Melville Barn close by]
    Melville House 1855 OS 6 inch 1st edn

pn Melville + SSE house

This big house, one of the grandest in Fife, was built for George, first earl of Melville and President of the Privy Council, in 1697–1703 (Gifford 1988, 321). The family of Melville acquired increasing hold of lands in MML during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. In 1587 James VI confirmed a grant by Thomas Oliphant selling one eighth of the lands of Letham MML to Robert Melville of Murdochcairnie KLM (RMS v no. 1394). In 1588 the king granted to the same Robert in life rent, and to his son Robert Melville and his heirs, the toun and lands of Letham with the mill of Monimail, mill-lands, multures and sequels, etc. (RMS v no. 1475). In 1592, Robert junior was re-granted these lands, along with the advowson of the rectory and vicarage of the church of Monimail (RMS v no. 2040). In 1612 the king granted to Robert Melville and his wife the manor and manor-place of Monimail, with rabbit warrens, the green beside the upper gate of the said place, with commons and pasture in the common of Pathcondie (Pitcontie) and Letham, and all privileges belonging to the said place, and other waste places lying beside the said place, and other rights and privileges (RMS vii no. 706; see also RMS viii no. 1134).

This place-name appeared in printed volume 4