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.
In “William Richmond, Clay Pipe Manufacturer“, George Beattie gives us another article in a series on Dunfermline’s Industrial Past, with the history of a firm which made and sold clay pipes for over eighty years in Dunfermline.