Keeping history alive

1911007 SSFF carden tower 'Dougie Reid (Secretary of Cluny Community Group) et al at the unveiling of a plaque at the site of Carden Tower, Cardenden

1911007 SSFF carden tower 'Dougie Reid (Secretary of Cluny Community Group) et al at the unveiling of a plaque at the site of Carden Tower, Cardenden

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MEMBERS of a local group have been helping to put a little historic Cardenden ruin back on the map.

The Cardenden and District Local History Society unveiled a plaque at the site of Carden Tower on Saturday.

It stands on a rock overlooking the Gelly Burn near the village and has been part of the landscape for centuries - although not many people know of its existence.

But the Society aims to change that through the siting of a new plaque which they hope will educate and inform people about the castle.

Measures

Dougie Reid, secretary of Cluny Community Group and member of the Cardenden and District Local History Society, said a plaque placed at the site around a decade ago disappeared, but he said special measures have been taken to ensure that this one is made of stronger materials so it can’t be removed.

The new signage, donated by Babcock Marine and Dalgety Bay firm Sign Plus, tells the story of Carden Tower, which is also known locally as Carden Castle.

16th century

The tower is thought to date back to the 16th century although records do appear to indicate the site has been in existence since 1170.

In 1707 the Carden estate was given to the Earl of Melville and in 1725 it became the property of Ferguson of Raith.

Towards the end of the 20th century, authorities began clearing the area and investigating the site before fencing it off - this was due to the threat of road works. A well was also uncovered through excavations.

Mr Reid told the Press: “The unveiling went really well.

“We were worried about the rain but thankfully it stayed off and the sun came out, it was glorious.

“We had a local Scout group there and they made hamburgers for us.

Improvements

“The tower is within walking areas around the village but despite this, a lot of people don’t know that it’s there.Archaelogical improvements were made ten years ago but we wanted to put up a plaque to let people know about the tower and its history and its role in our village.

“It is amazing the things we have in the area that people don’t know about.”