Orchardhead House, Brackenlees Rd, Skinflats

Alexander Gentles Fyfe
Production date
Circa 1968
Carved stone tablet with two shields with the date 1678 between. The shield to the left is flanked by the initials 'W R' and has a Lochaber axe as crest. The shield itself comprises three boars' heads, a lance and a Locahaber axe. The shield to the right is flanked by the initials 'S I' and comprises a saltire.
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Production date
Circa 1968
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The arms and initials belong to William Rankine of Orchardhead and his wife, Sara Little, who died in 1687. Originally a laird's dwelling, comprising three floors and a garret. Built of random rubble, harled outside and plastered inside. The 17th century house was a roofless shell by 1963. See RCAHMS, Stirlingshire, 1963, HMSO, Vol 2, p343.
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