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Hi

I was brought up in Burntisland from the age 8-21 my maiden name is Anthony.

I still have a lot of Family living in Burntisland and came home 2 years ago as my father Eugene Anthony sadly passed away and a few weeks later his sister Margaret Sweet.

I get a real buzz when i walk down the high street and all the old memories come flooding back, your website is great keep up the good work

Ann :o


Original message added: June 4, 2011
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First time I ever heard of Burntisland was when I joined the MV Mystic in King George the Fifth dock in London in June 1966, I looked at the builders plaque in the engine room and wondered where on earth was Burntisland.
I sailed on the Mystic to Australia as a junior electrician, what a wonderful ship she was, I still have a photo on my desk of her at sea.
When I left the sea in 1972 I emigrated to Australia and have been here ever since.
You people certainly knew how to build ships, much like my hometown, but sadly the industry has gone due to the mismangement of several governments.
Loved the site keep up the good work.


Original message added: May 27, 2011
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Researching my family tree of Kells (orignally spelt Keltz) According to tradition the Kells family originated with a Pastor in the Piedmont Valley of the South Western Alps or N.Italy. "Waldenses or somtimes known as Vaudois religious group persecuted for their beliefs. The Pastor' son Alexander & Wife & 1 child escaped and saught sanctury in Britain & settled on the Banks of the River Tweed in Northumberland. According to some research I have located my 9th Great Grandfather, James Kells was born in Burntisland abt 1625, married a Elspeth Thomson born abt.1647 They wed abt 1676 at Burntisland later generations re-located to Templeport,Ballyconnell, Ireland. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Regards Lyn Wilcox

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researching my family tree and discovered that my great grandparents were living in burntisland in late 1800's 2 of their children were born there. great grandad john was a shale miner and according to the census (1891) was listed as staying at kirkton. can you tell me where roughly this would be now. i realise that all has changed but a rough idea would help.

Reply from Iain Sommerville, webmaster:
Hi Bernadette,

Please select 'Current: More' from the main menu on the website, then 'Maps', and then the top link. Scroll down to the second map and click on it. You'll see Kirkton marked - although it's actually a bit misleading! The old Kirkton area is the area immediately surrounding the junction of Aberdour Road and Kirkton Road, which is to the north east of the word Kirkton on the map. Quite a few of the old buildings are still there. It's odd that the census doesn't have a street name, but perhaps the birth certificates do?

Iain


Original message added: March 19, 2011
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Hi Iain

Have traced my mother's family - Ropper - to Burntisland. Inglis Ropper is listed on your Traders list and was my great great grandfather. He was a grocer in Harbour Place and the family lived in Back Street and Harbour Place. I have visited once with my daughter and will be back however wondered if I could purchase two old photographs listed - " Harbour Place 2" which I believe shows where his shop possibly was - and the other "The West End of the High Street". Can you also tell me where Back Street was and what happened to it.

Great site and many thanks.

Joyce

Reply from Iain Sommerville, webmaster:
Thanks, Joyce. I'll send you higher resolution copies of the two photos, plus a couple of others of the same area. Back Street is still there, now called Somerville Street - it's parallel to and south of the High Street.

Eric Johnstone's database of businesses (available in Burntisland Heritage Centre) has Inglis Roper in Harbour Place from 1861 to 1869. No street numbers then, unfortunately. It also has his dates - birth 1/10/1814, death 11/3/1869, but you probably have these already. Plus he's a grocer. That's all the information on him in the database.

Hope this helps!

Iain


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I read and enjoyed the piece on the Disruption as it affected Burntisland.

This momentous event in Scottish history was ignored for many years but now, with an awakening interest nationally in the History of Scotland, we are again taking note of the great events of the recent past


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I have not been in Burntisland for approx 7 years, and probably will never return...

A friend sent me some old pictures of a few friends from Burntisland ( Pud Wilkie, Chick Cooper)that jogged my memory of old times, so thought I would check out whats available on the web.
Like your website and your picture gallery.

Keep up the good work.

Regards
Bill


Original message added: February 20, 2011
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Great to see this website, bit embarassed with the old school photos but they bring back happy memories

Original message added: January 26, 2011
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Hi, I have been given a lovely poem written by my GG.G-F around 1907, it is a description of his daily walk around Geds Mill and he mentions an 'adjoining cottage' where 'two comely happy dames' live and next door 'a frugal couple lives' - I wondered if anyone has the 1901 census for Gedsmill as I would love to know who these people could be!
The poem seems to have been printed but I haven't found any other trace of it. My GG.G-F was James Young.
Many thanks.


Original message added: January 19, 2011
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thanks for that info the shop below being a butchers shop makes sence as the groom is listed as master butcher as an accupation while the brides father was the harbour master

Original message added: January 5, 2011
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