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The Rev. Ralph Erskine

There is a statue of an 18th Century minister outside the former church in Queen Anne St. and it has been there since 1849. Who is it of, and why was he commemorated like this? In “Rev. RALPH ERSKINE (1685-1752) –  SECESSIONIST MINISTER” George Robertson answers these questions and explains some of the complex church politics of the time, between the turbulence of the earlier 17th Century religious strife and the better known, later, Disruption.

Hills Laundry

George Beattie continues his series on Dunfermline’s industrial and commercial past with another 20th Century history, this time of the laundry company Hills of Fife. George has included a large number of photographs and an interview, conducted in 2009, with a former employee, Jenny Ferguson, who worked for Hills between 1928 and 1942.

Provost Moodie’s Little Troubles

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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.

John Jackson, Coachbuilders

In John Jackson and Sons, Coachbuilders, George Beattie continues his series on Dunfermline’s industrial and commercial past, this time with the history of a 20th Century firm. The article includes a fascinating selection of photographs of the staff, premises and some of the vehicles the company built.

Polish Forces in Fife During WW2

In “There Was a Soldier, A Polish Soldier” George Robertson tells us the story of a Polish soldier of the Second World War who died in tragic circumstances at Middlebank, when the house was being used by the Polish Army as a Detention Centre.

Learn more about the Polish Forces in Fife at “Defend Dunfermline” Festival later this month.

www.defenddunfermlineww2.co.uk