We are always looking for short articles on local history topics which will be of interest to visitors to the site. Have you an interesting recollection of life in Dunfermline? Do you know an unusual piece of local history? These can appear either as articles or shorter “Did You Know” pages on this site or as links to documents published elsewhere online. Authors retain copyright of any material submitted.
We invite all members to submit articles to the editors.
In the mid 19th century, Volunteer Rifle Corps were being formed for defence against a perceived threat from France. The Dunfermline unit needed additional funding, so an ambitious event was organised. In “The Dunfermline Volunteers Bazaar” Sue Mowat tells the story of the hard-working ladies who ran it and gives us a vivid insight into the life of the town 150 years ago.
Queen Margaret is one of Dunfermline’s best known historical figures, but what was her role in the development of Scotland, almost one thousand years ago? In “Queen Margaret – How important was she to Scotland” George Robertson outlines her life and achievements.
In “The Abbey Graveyard Toolhouse” Sue Mowat corrects some common misconceptions about an unusual small building in the Abbey churchyard and also tells of the opening of the first museum in Dunfermline.
After the Crimean War, a large number of captured cannons were given to British towns as trophies. In “The Graveyard Gun” Sue Mowat gives us an insight into local politics in the 19th Century and the decidedly mixed response to Dunfermline’s Russian Gun.