McLean School is one of Dunfermline’s oldest Primary Schools, founded in 1842. John McChlery was it’s headmaster from his qualification to his retirement. In “John McChlery, Headmaster of McLean School 1848 – 1885” Elaine Campbell tells us of his long career, of the early history of McLean and more generally of education in Dunfermline in the 19th Century.
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.
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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.