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I have the address Broomhill House, Burntisland, Fife listed as the destination of passengers disembarking from SS City of Cairo at Liverpool on 6th December 1928.

I can find no trace of such a house today and wonder if anyone knows anything about it. Could it possibly have been a private boys' school, or a hotel?

Any help will be much appreciated.

Iain

Reply from Iain Sommerville, webmaster:
Hi Iain,
My Heritage Trust colleague, John Burnett, is following a number of leads. We'll get back to you by private email as soon as possible.
Regards, Iain


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I have found all the information on the shipyard very interesting and it brings back some fond memories I worked in the Engine Drawing office from 1961 till 1968.
Keep up the good work Iain.

Regards

John


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He had a brother called Henry and sister Euphimia

Reply from Iain Sommerville, webmaster:
Hi Russell,
You could try a few other ways as well. There are some suggestions at the top of the 'Family History' page on the website - see under 'Data Sources' on the main menu.
Good luck!
Iain


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I live here in Swansea born and bred but am no stranger to Burntisland I have great memories of the town back in the 1950 s 60 s my grand father had the barber shop on the high street for many years by the name of Hutton the shop is still there .
He lived along with my gran Mary Hutton they lived in dick crescent .on recent visits I see the town hasn't changed much. I remember climbing the binn one sunny after noon and waving a welsh flag when I got to the top much to the dismay of the local farmer the links haven't changed and the fair is still great fun.


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I would just love to say I think your web site is a fab site, my very much and love Nan was born and grew up in Burtisland she was born up on the Binn and I used to love listening to all her fun story's of life there and have visited there many a times I was wondering if you have anything as in photos or writings about the ingles family my nans name was Mary Ingles and there was 7 girls in total nan was born in 1923.I hope you can help or know of anyone that may help me :) best wishes Clare.

Reply from Iain Sommerville, webmaster:
Thanks for the kind words, Clare.
You told me subsequently that your Nan's sisters were Lilly, Barbara, Margret, Grace, Agnes (who died young), and Ena. Of course, with them all being girls, it's more difficult to trace descendants if they got married!
I've asked a former Binn Village resident if he remembered the family, but unfortunately he couldn't.
I think the best thing to do would be to write to the Editor of the Burgh Buzz with the information you have, and ask him if he'd put an article in the next issue. You'll find his email address at the bottom of page 3 of the current issue, which you can download from www.burghbuzz.org.uk.
Finally, with the Binn Village website photos, I've added names where I have them - but I don't have names for the group of children. Sorry!
Kind regards, Iain


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Hello,

I now live in Lille, France. I appear in 2 photos:
Burntisland Primary 1b pupils (1950-51)
Burntisland Primary 7b pupils(1956-57)

There the spelling of my Christian name is given as Alan. Not a big deal, not important, but anyway... Doesn't matter if you don't change it.

Good site. Good work. Really well done!

Reply from Iain Sommerville, webmaster:
Thanks, Allen! That's the corrections made.


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Hello, I have found some old photgraphs most of which are about the Co-op when it had a horse drawn delivery fleet.I cant't tell the year but I expect older residents will recognise some of the people.
If you would like to have the please let me have an address to forward to.
Alex

Reply from Iain Sommerville, webmaster:
Thank you very much for the kind offer, Alex. The address is - Iain Sommerville, 225 High Street, Burntisland, Fife, KY3 9AE. I'll add the photos to the website, and we'll retain the paper copies in the Burntisland Heritage Trust archives.


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Ive came across some old postcards with the Town Provost on them one with Prince of Wales which I believe is around 1936.I know there is a list of the Provosts in the town Hall but obviously at moment cant gain access .Does anyone know the name of the Provost from 1936 much appreciated

BRUCE

Reply from Iain Sommerville, webmaster:
Hi Bruce. James Leith was the Provost from 1928 to 1943. That's taken from the list in the Burgh Chambers. Luckily I have photos of the lists! There's a tree at the entrance to the Links which commemorates his long reign.
Regards, Iain


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Dear Iain
Many thanks for putting together such a comprehensive bibliography on Burntisland.You have a 'street names' category (May Williamson's book), but not a place-names one - can I suggest you create one and put in the following:
_The Place-Names of Fife_ Vol. 1 (West Fife between Leven and Forth), Simon Taylor with Gilbert Márkus(2006, Shaun Tyas: Donington) [volume 1 of a five-volume series]. The chapter on Burntisland parish (with maps) is on pp. 184-203.
Best wishes
Simon Taylor

Reply from Iain Sommerville, webmaster:
Thanks, Simon. A good suggestion. That's it added.
Iain


Original message added: October 1, 2012
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I think the young joiner on the right is called Robert (Bobby) Thompson. The other one may be called 'Eck' something. I worked at Burntisland Shipyard from 1964-1966 as an apprentice joiner and remember some of the employees.... but not 100% clearly due to time. My first 'Journeyman' joiner I was assigned to was called Dave something and he was the Union official. I remember my first day when I suddenly found myself on strike after a meeting on the park. Another apprentice was nicknamed "Nick the Greek" but I've forgotton his real name. I only remember he lived in Kinghorn. Wullie Penman was my next 'Journeyman' and he lived in Burntisland. Another joiner was called Alan Coulter and he also lived in Kinghorn. My stepdad was was called Jack Masterton and lived in Burntisland. He was a pipefitter at the shipyard while I was there.
If I can remeber some more I will come back and add what I can.
Keep up the good work on this site.

Reply from Iain Sommerville, webmaster:
Thank you very much, John. That's most helpful. I've added your comments to the 'shipyard snapshots' page. I'll let Chris Claydon know as well.


Original message added: September 22, 2012
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