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Burntisland Port of Grace

"The history of Scotland brought to life through the experiences of ordinary people, in a tangible setting."

'Burntisland: Port of Grace' is based on a previously unpublished history of the town, written by James Speed and dating from the 1860s. It tells the story of a small Scottish burgh up to the Union of Parliaments in 1707. The 16th and 17th centuries were a time of great turmoil in Scotland, particularly on the question of religion. This book gives the reader an understanding of what life was like during that period. Iain Sommerville’s specially written text is very readable, and is accompanied by a large number of illustrations and a comprehensive glossary.

By Iain Sommerville

Published by Burntisland Heritage Trust 2004

ISBN- 0953935310

The story of the Royal Burgh of Burntisland to the Union of Parliaments 1707

Burntisland A Social History

'Burntisland: A Social History' has five chapters:

•                           The Churches

•                           The Schools and Library

•                           The Economy, Industries and Employment

•                            Personalities

•                            Memories

It tells the story of the people of the Royal Burgh of Burntisland from 1700 to the present day in a very readable form, and includes personal reminiscences.

The book contains 258 illustrations, 48 of which are in full colour. Most have never been published before, and some are from previously unseen family archives.


ISBN 978-0-9539353-5-2 

By Iain Sommerville

Published by Burntisland Heritage Trust 2009

Burntisland Voices. Recorded memories of Local Folk 1910-1970

'Burntisland Voices' contains a large selection of the spoken memories of twenty-five local folk who were born during the years 1904 to 1939. We are given a fascinating account of the times they lived in, and of the characters and buildings they knew.

Most of the oral history recordings on which the book is based were carried out in 2005. They represent the first phase of Burntisland Heritage Trust's oral history project.

The book covers the period from 1910 to 1970. It includes chapters on Recreation and Entertainment, Shopkeepers and Traders, the Second World War, the Binn Village, the Shipyard, and the Railway. There are more than 130 illustrations.

ISBN 0-95393! Recommended price


Edited by Iain Sommerville

Published by Burntisland Heritage Trust 2005

Burntisland Fallen 1914-1918

This booklet lists the men of Burntisland who lost their lives as a result of the First World War and whose names appear on the Burntisland War Memorial.

Today, many of the names on the War Memorial have become that, just names. Names of soldiers, sailors and airmen who died in two World Wars. Many, particularly those who died in World War 2 or later, will have relatives who remember them but, for most killed as a result of the Great War, between 1914 and 1918, memories are second, third or fourth hand. These men have, in many cases, become little more than a collection of surnames that are in danger of becoming as historically lifeless as the stone on which their names are carved. But these were real people. They had family, friends and jobs. They lived in areas many of us still live in. They walked the same streets, shopped in the same shops and drank in the same pubs we do.

This project is intended to ensure that these men, who gave their lives in the service of their country nearly 100 years ago, are not forgotten.

The project links the name on the Memorial with personal information about the men from the census, newspaper articles and obituaries and with historical military records. It provides a basis for family historians to undertake further research. It is not intended to be a full record of the man's life or military history, nor is it a history of the War.

ISBN 0953935345

By John Burnett

Published by Burntisland Heritage Trust 2007

Burntisland Fallen 1939-1945

This book lists the men of Burntisland who gave their lives in the Second World War and whose names appear on the Burntisland War Memorial.

Many who died in that war do not, for a variety of reasons, appear on any official war memorial. It may be that the deceased serviceman's relations had moved from the town by the time names were added to the memorial and so there was no one to put the name forward. There is no doubt that other names could be added.

The aim of this book is to provide basic information on, including service details of, the 42 men whose names appear on the war memorial. The biographical information is not intended to be comprehensive.

Information was gathered from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission web site, the Fifeshire Advertiser, the Fife Free Press, and the Kirkcaldy Mail. Then, as now, information recorded in newspapers is not 100 per cent accurate, e.g. often names are mis-spelt. I have tried to identify the correct information.

Burntisland Heritage Trust holds a Roll of Honour listing all those men and women who served in the Second World War. The Roll was compiled in 1958 and the scribe was the noted calligrapher Tom Gourdie. There are 630 names listed

Thanks to Iain Sommerville and other members of the Burntisland Heritage Trust for their assistance in compiling this book. However, any mistakes are entirely my own.

Burntisland, October 2005

ISBN 0953935337

By John Burnett

Published by Burntisland Heritage Trust 2005

Burntisland Oil Shale Works

Description of the Binnend and Burntisland Oil Company; its geology, origins, operations and social history in the nineteenth century.

ISBN 9780993191800

By Ron Edwards

Published by Craigencalt Rural Community Trust 2015

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