150th celebrations kick off for Kellie Castle architect

Kellie Castle
Kellie Castle

A series of year-long events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of one of Scotland’s most renowned architects has begun.

Sir Robert Lorimer, who was noted for his sensitive restoration of historic houses and his promotion of the Arts and Crafts style, lived at Kellie Castle, near Pittenweem.

On Friday, his contribution to Scotland’s built heritage - which include the Scottish National War Museum at Edinburgh Castle - was the focus of a talk by Simon Green of the Royal Commission for Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.

He was invited to speak at a annual lunch in St Andrews organised by the East Fife Members’ Centre of the National Trust for Scotland, who took over Kellie Castle in the 1970s.

Members of the Lorimer Society were also present.

Alice Simpson, centre chairperson, said: “Over the years we have raised funds for everything from garden projects to benches and equipment. We organise events to raise funds and create awareness, and along with all the volunteers based at the Castle, are vital to its continued success.”