Our research group consists of archaeologists, volunteers and students. Since 1995, we have been undertaking a landscape and garden survey, architectural survey, excavation, documentary research, family history and the study of the rich and varied finds we have excavated. This project forms part of the Scottish Episcopal Palaces Project, which studies medieval bishops’ palaces in Scotland. After the Reformation, Fetternear became the family seat of the Leslies of Balquhain and went through various transformations, becoming a towerhouse, hallhouse and latterly a mansion, which burned down in 1919. Our research programme is investigating these developments and the changing landscape settings which accompanied them.

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