Burntisland Heritage Trust

The aim of Burntisland Heritage Trust is to protect and promote all aspects of Burntisland's heritage.


Burntisland's People Wilfrid Ayre (1890-1971) Shipbuilder and public servant. Founded Burntisland Shipyard, which opened in 1918. Knighted for his services in the Second World War. William Bald (c1788-1857) Born in Burntisland. Pioneering cartographer, surveyor and civil engineer in Scotland and Ireland. Designed and built the Antrim coast road, one of the world's great scenic routes. Thomas Chalmers (1780-1847) Citizen of Burntisland. Radical preacher, social reformer, and the leading Scottish churchman of his generation. Founder of the Free Church of Scotland (1843). John Clephane 16th century ship-owner and politician. Formed Burntisland's first Town Council in 1586. First Provost of the town (1586-88). Raised the funds to build the new Parish Church in East Leven Street. David Danskin (1863-1948) Born in Burntisland. Founder and first Captain of Arsenal Football Club. William Dick (1703-1866) Founder of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh. Planned Craigkennochie Terrace, Burntisland, where he lived. Henry Brougham Farnie (1836-1889) Born in Burntisland. Prolific librettist and writer, whose operettas were record-breaking hits on the London stage. Author of the world's first golf instruction manual. George Hay Forbes (1821-1875) Episcopalian priest in Burntisland. Eminent scholar. Publisher and printer of religious works. Designed and built the Parsonage in East Leven Street. Emma Maitland Stirling (1838-1907) Radical and nationally significant campaigner against child abuse. Lived in Burntisland, where she maintained two children's homes. Alexander Orrock Appointed Mintmaster for Scotland in 1538. Introduced the bawbee coin, named after his Burntisland estate of Silliebawbie (Silverbarton). Robert Pitcairn (1752-c1770) Born in Burntisland. Discovered Pitcairn Island in 1767 while a Midshipman on HMS Swallow. Lost at sea, aged 17. James Robertson (1717-1788) Born at Newbigging, Burntisland. Rose from Private to General in the British Army. As the last colonial Governor of New York (1779-83), he strove to find a peaceful solution to American grievances. Mary Somerville (1780-1872) Lived in the family home in Burntisland from 1780 to 1804. Pioneering and eminent mathematician and astronomer. Strong supporter of the emancipation and education of women. Somerville College, Oxford, perpetuates her name. James Thomson (c1681-1766) Minister of Burntisland Parish Church from 1719 to 1738. One of the eight ministers who joined the first major secession from the Church of Scotland in the 1730s/ Established Burntisland's Associate Congregation, of which today's Erskine Church is the direct descendant. Andrew Young (1854-1925) Born and lived in Burntisland. Photographer and artist of national significance. Restored the guild panels of Burntisland Parish Church (1907-10). William Young (c1745-1831) Distiller and farmer. Established the Grange Distillery in 1786. His descendants built and donated Burtisland's first Free Church and School building; and erected the Music Hall which they gifted to the town in 1869.

main entrance to Burntisland Links, Burntisland, United Kingdom

Kings, Queens & Cromwell Saint Margaret, Queen of Scotland Revered wife of King Malcolm III (reigned 1058-93). Canonised in 1250. According to tradition, her relics (skull and hair) were hidden at Rossend Castle from c1565 to c1580 to prevent their destruction at the Reformation. King Alexander III (Reigned 1249-86) Killed in an accident near Kingswood, brining to an end Scotland's 'Golden Age'. Commemorated by his memorial on the road to Kinghorn. King James V (Reigned 1513-42) Saw the potential of Burntisland harbour and developed it - the catalyst for the town we know today. Granted Royal Burgh status to Burntisland in 1541. Mary, Queen of Scots (Reigned 1542-67) Frequent visitor to Burntisland, staying at Rossend Castle - the scene of her notorious attempted seduction by the French poet, Pierre de Ch√Ętelard. King James VI (Reigned 1567-1625) Proposed a new version of the Bible at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland held at Burntisland in 1601. Confirmed Burntisland's status as a Royal Burgh. King Charles I (Reigned 1625-49) Lost his potentially priceless treasure when his baggage ferry sank off Burntisland in 1633. Oliver Cromwell (Lord Protector of England 1653-58) His forces occupied Burntisland from 1651 to 1660, subjecting the inhabitants to a period of great tyranny and oppression.

Union Street, Burntisland, United Kingdom

David Danskin founder and first captain of Arsenal Football Club born near here 9th January 1863

corner of Kirkgate and Somerville Street, Burntisland, United Kingdom