Fenton Barns is marked on Adair’s map of 1682 as a tower or prominent house although today the site is occupied by a mid-19th century farmhouse. What form the earliest building took is not clear so for now I have listed it as a possible castle.
Sir John Preston or Prestoun of Fenton Barns was an advocate from 1575 and was elected to the Court of Session as Lord Fentonbarns in 1595. He held various royal commissions and from 1609 until his death in 1616 he was Lord President of the Court of Session. He married Lilas Gilbert and was succeeded by their son, also John. The younger John married Elizabeth Turnbull and through her took possession of the lands of Auchie in Fife where he built a new mansion house, Prestonhall.
Sir Michael Preston of Fenton Barns is on record in 1645 however by 1649 Andrew Cooper was in possession of the property. In 1663 Sir John Nisbet bought, along with Dirleton Castle and numerous other properties in East Lothian, “the lands of Barns, otherwise called Fentounbarns, with the maner place, houses, bigings, parts, pendicles, tofts, crofts therof and their pertinents”.
In the mid-19th century a farmhouse was built at Fenton Barns and nothing seems to remain of the old house.
Alternative names for Fenton Barns
Barns; Fenton Barnes; Fentonbarns; Fentoun-Barns; Fentoun Barnis; Fentounbarnes; Fentounbarnis; Fentounbarns; Fentounebarnes; Fountainbarnis