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Provost Moodie’s Little Troubles

Did You Know…

About Provost Moodie’s Little Troubles?

In “Provost James Moodie” Jean Barclay tells of of the “interesting and energetic” life of an early 19th Century Provost of Dunfermline, after whom Moodie Street is named. Provost Moodie achieved many things but also found himself in trouble with the Church more than once.

The Black and Blue Rows

In “Update on Dunfermline’s Coloured Rows“, Jean Barclay provides new evidence which appears to solve the problem of the location of the long demolished Blue Row. In the mid 19th Century the Red, Black and Blue Rows were a set of streets north of the Mill Dam, mostly inhabited by workers in the textile industry.



…the story that Ralph Erskine’s mother “died” before he was born?

The Rev. Ralph Erskine was a seccessionist minister in Dunfermline in the early 18th Century, and his statue stands outside the former church in Pilmuir Street. There is a little known tale about his mother, Margaret Halcro, who is buried in Scotlandwell.

In “The Burial Place of Margaret Halcro“, George Robertson tells the tall(?) tale.

The Queen Anne St Fountain

Did You Know…

…that an elegant granite fountain used to stand in Queen Anne St?

It stood from 1860 to 1924, was given to the town by an Aberdeen medical doctor and shared it’s name with a former village to the north of Dunfermline.

In “The Lassodie Fountain“, George Robertson explains what it was and why it was put there.

Andrew Carnegie and the Dinosaur

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..that there is a vital link between Dippy the Dinosaur and Andrew Carnegie?

In “Dippy the Dinosaur and Andrew Carnegie“, Jean Barclay tells us about the famous replica of a Diplodocus skeleton in the Natural History Museum, and how it was created thanks to Andrew Carnegie.

From January to May 2019, it will be on show at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.