History

This year’s St Margaret’s National Pilgrimage taking place on 11 June

The recently revived 2017 National Pilgrimage to Dunfermline in honour of St Margaret of Scotland will take place this year on Sunday 11 June with the procession leaving from the Glen Gates at 2pm. The procession, led by His Grace Archbishop Cushley and the Dunfermline Pipe Band, will process via Bridge Street, High Street and East Port to St Margaret’s RC Church for Mass at 3pm. The Mass will be concelebrated

When Coal was King: free history expo at Kingsgate Dunfermline

Opening today 17 May is When Coal Was King, a series of events in and around the Kingsgate Shopping Centre Dunfermline highlighting the importance mining played in the history of the town and the surrounding areas. There will be exhibitions, storytelling, children’s activities and one of artist Alan Grieve’s famous interactive colouring-in walls. The event is free and runs until 21 May. Image above by Alan Grieve  

We launch new Dunfermline map: history in your hand

We have exciting news! On Monday 27 February Avocado Sweet launched a new, hand-illustrated history map of Dunfermline at the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum. Sponsored by the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust and Fife Council’s Strategic Events Investment Programme, the map was written by us and designed and drawn by Dunfermline-based artist Natasha of Tupelo Tree. The cover features the blossom so characteristic of Dunfermline in spring, the two central pages are

Valleyfield Snowdrops: free guided walks

It must be spring; the snowdrops have raised their delicate heads above ground. A great place to see them is on the Valleyfield Snowdrop guided walks hosted by West Fife Woodlands & Shiresmill Therapy Riding Centre. All are welcome to come along and join the free guided walks and hear the story of Valleyfield House and Estate. The Valleyfield House and Estate is a fascinating story; Fife’s answer to Downton

Bennet House, Culross: historic building open for tours

Having been unoccupied for twenty years, Bennet House, a small domestic dwelling of historic and vernacular importance in Culross, was in a sorry state. Luckily the Little Houses Improvement Scheme (LHIS), the National Trust Scotland’s in-house building preservation trust, was able to purchase it to safeguard its future: Bennet House is now a study house with regular hard hat tours available to the public. Throughout the conservation process, the public

Walk from Culross Palace to Dunfermline

Nearly 400 years ago the King’s Poet, Ben Jonson walked from Culross Palace to Dunfermline Abbey. On Sunday 25 September you can join a guided walk inspired by his travels, finishing at Fire Station Creative where, from 4pm until 7pm, there will be live music and poetry. The walk starts at 10.30am beside Admiral Cochrane’s statue near the Palace and finishes at the Fire Station Creative at around 4pm. The

Breathing life back into Bannockburn House

by Caroline Copeland   When Bannockburn House was put up for sale at the beginning of this year, the local Community Council was quick to approach the owner with the idea of opening the house up to the local community. An open day was proposed, and for the first time in living memory, the people of Bannockburn were to be able to see the inside of the house. Steeped in

Dunfermline summer pilgrimage celebrates Patron Saint of Mothers

On 12 June, in a tradition dating back to 1250, the St Margaret’s National Pilgrimage 2016 will take place in Dunfermline with a procession led by Archbishop Leo Cushley from the Louise Carnegie Gates to St Margaret’s Church. Even for the non religious there is much to fascinate about Saint, previously Queen, Margaret – a hugely important historical figure and yet relatively unsung. She was English but brought up in

Burning down the house: Great Fire of Dunfermline 1624

You can only imagine the state of mind of the baillie’s son who, on this day in 1624, having misfired a musket into one of 17th century Dunfermline’s many thatched roofs, saw the entire town burn to a cinder over the course of four hours. Among the few buildings left standing was Abbot House. The records of many Scottish towns refer to this great fire but strangely it doesn’t seem

Striking photos of 60s & 70s Scotland

Between 1968 and 1971 Nick Hedges photographed some of the dire housing conditions in Glasgow and Edinburgh for the charity, Shelter. Nearly 50 years later he has agreed that the photos can be used in an exhibition in St Andrews Square, Edinburgh.  Until now usage had been restricted to protect the families featured. Nick remembered how one woman told him that just a few days before, she had been in bed