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"DITTENWEEM is a royal burgh and seaport, in the parish of its
-*â–  â–  name, 24 miles n.n.e. from Edinburgh, 21 from Kirkcaldy, 5 s.s.tv.
from Crail, 10 s.s.e. from St. Andrews, and 3% from Kilconquhar ;
situated on the course of the Firth of Forth, one mile from West
Anstruther, and occupying rather an elevated site of ground above the
harbour. It is bounded on the east by Wester Anstruther, on the south
by the Firth of Forth, on the north by Carnbee, and on the west by St.
Honance. Its length is one mile and a half and breadth half a mile.
It consists of an irregular main street, with a few by- thoroughfares, the
houses generally bearing an ancient aspect. The dwellings around the
harbour are of a respectable appearance ; and over this part of the town
stand the remains of the priory of Pittenwcem, the date of which is not
with certainty known. Exclusive of some fragments of the religious
edifice, there is a quadrangular range of curious antique buildings
entire, said to have been the residence of the prior and other superior
officers of the establishment. These remains exhibit a fine speci-
men of the domestic ecclesiastic architecture of the ages anterior
to the Reformation. Adjacent to the monastic ruins stands
the parish church, an old edifice with a turreted spire.
Pittenweem was constituted a royal burgh by James V. in 1537 ; it is
governed by a provost, two bailies, a treasurer, and eight councillors ;
and joins with Cupar, St. Andrews, the Anstruthers, Crail, and
Kilrenny, in sending one member to Parliament. Between the period of
Pittenweem being erected into a royal burgh and 1639, it appears that it
was a place of considerable note and trade ; but, from the latter period
to the year of 1645, it suffered severely — no fewer than thirteen sail of
large vessels belonging to this port having been either taken by the
enemy or wrecked. It is now a fishing station of some importance, and
fish curing is carried on rather extensively, in addition to which the
trade in grain is of some consequence. The places of worship are the
parish, Episcopalian and United Presbyterian churches ; it contains also
a parish and burgh school and infant school. It was at Pittenweem
that the robbery was committed upon the collector of the excise by
Wilson and Robertson, which led to the outrages of the Porteous mob
and the consequent catastrophe ; the house in which this transaction
took place is still standing on the north side of the street, north of the
church. There is a station on the East of Fife branch of the North
British line. The area of the parish is 663 statute acres, and its
population was in 1881, 2,119.
St. Monance (or St. Monans) is a parish one mile and half from
Pittenweem, on the same coast as the latter place, containing he village
or small town of its own name, and that of Abercrombie. The parish
measures a mile long, and about a mile and a half broad. It is bounded
on the north by Carnbee, on the south by the Firth of Forth, on the
east by Pittenweem, and on the west by Elie and Kilconquhar. There
is a small harbour attached to it, and at one period it was ranked
amongst the most considerable fishing stations on the coast of Fife, and
its inhabitants still pursue that avocation. St. Monance is a burgh of
barony, governed by two bailies, a treasurer, a provost, r_d twelve
councillors. From the adjacent country its little church alonei s visible,
standing on the height above the houses, and so near to the sea as to be
occasionally wet with its foam ; it is a curious old Gothic edifice. Unti!
the year 1646, the name of the parish was Abercrombie, or Inverny ; its
present name is derived from Saint Monan, a martyr celebrated for his
miracles in Fife and the adjacent Isle of May. The railway station
is adjoining the village, on the East of Fife branch of the North British
line. Acreage, 1,203. Population in 1881, 2,054.
Carnbee is a parish situate three miles from Pittenweem its post
town, entirely inland, containing the villages of Arncroach and Over-
stone. Its length and breadth are each about four miles. It is bounded
on the north by Cameron, on the south by Pittenweem, on the east by
Crail and Kilrenny, and on the west by Kilconquhar. A ridge of hills
runs through the centre of it, the highest of which is Kellie Law, having
an altitude of 800 feet above the level of the sea. Kellie Castle, formerly
the seat of the Earls of Kellie, stands in this parish, on the south side
of Kellie Law, and occupies a prominent and beautiful situation. The
minerals are limestone and freestone. The greater part of the land is
rich and fertile, and well cultivated, the rest being adapted for pasture.
There are a parish church and school at Carnbee, and a Free church
and school at Arncroach. The nearest railway station is at Pitten-
weem. Acreage, 8,896. Population in 1881, 1,057.
POST OFFICE, High Street, Pittenweem, James Christie, Post Master. — Letters arrive from all parts at 9 a.m., 12 30 noon, and at 7 p.m.,
and are despatched at 6 15 a.m., 12 noon & 3 50 p.m., and to Anstruther at 6 30 p.m. Money Order and Telegraph Office and Savings Bank,
Post Office, St. Monance, John Ferguson, Post Master.— Letters from all parts arrive (by railway sub-office) at 9 a.m., 12 15 noon, and at
7 p.m., and are despatched at 6 15 a.m., 12 noon, and 4 80 p.m. Money Order and Telegraph Office and Savings Bank.
Post Receiving Office, Arncroach, James Black, Sub-Post Master. — Letters from all parts arrive (from Pittenweem) at 11 a.m., and are
despatched thereto at 2 p.m. The nearest Money Order Office is at Pittenweem, three miles distant.
Post Receiving Office, Carnbee, Jane Caiman, Sub-Post Mistress. — Letters from all parts arrive {from Pittenweem) at 12 30 noon, an**
are despatched at 1 30 p.m. The nearest Money Order Office is at Pittenweem, three miles distant.
*** Letters for Pittenweem and St. Monance should be addressed " Fifeshire," and for Carnbee " near Pittenweem, Fifeshire."
Adamson Mrs. Janet, High st
Anstruther Miss — , Lingo House, Carnbee
Anstruther Sir Robert, Bart. Balcaskie
Brown Mr. John, High st
Cameron Mrs. Isabella, Milton Villa [Carbee
Campbell Sir Archibald, Gebliston House,
Duncan Mr. James, The Lodge
Falconer Rev. Robert H. Arncroach
Forgan Mrs. Janet, West View
Fowler Mr. James, Pittenweem
Fraser Rev. Hugh, St. Monance
Greig Mrs. Helen, H igh st
Hamilton General Sir Frederick, k.c.b. Pit-
corthie House, Carnbee
Hepburn Mr. John, Charles st
Johnston Rev. Thomas P. Carnbee
King Mr. Georse, Viewforth
Lloyd Rev. F. K. Pittenweem [Carnbee
Lorimer Professor James, Kellie Castle,
Lyall Mrs. Catherine, James st
M'Donald Mr. — , Over Kellie, Carnbee
M'Dougall Mr. Allan, Murrayfield
M'Farlon Rev. Patrick, Pittenweem
Macmillan Mr. Hugh, Pittenweem
Nicholson Misses Jane, Christina and Eliza-
beth, James st
Nicol Mr. Thomas, Viewforth pi
Pittendrigh Rev. James, m.a. Pittenweem
Russell Mr. David, Ovenstone
Smith Mr. J. W. Charles st
Turnbull Rev. John, St. Monance
Watson Mr. Alexander, James st
Watson Mrs. Mary Ann, Viewforth
White the Misses — , Pittenweem
Wilkio Mr. Alexander, Charles st
Infants' School, Pittenweem— Jessie Mur-
ray, mistress
Public Schools: —
James street — George Mavor, master ; Eliza-
beth Murray, mistress
Arncroach — Thos. W. Donaldson, master
Carnbee — John P. Smith, master
St. Monance— Isaac Nevin, master ; Jessie
Scott, mistress
Balsillie John & Son (for the Howe Machine
Co.), High st
Christie James (for Stevenson Brothers, dyers.
Dundeo, & for J. Pullar & Sons, dyers,
Perth), High st
Easson Miss (for J. Pullar & Sons, dyerSj
Perth), St. Monance
Oswald James (for Singer's Bewing machines))
Charles st
Boyter Thos. (and confectioner), St. Monance
Elder William, High st
Ferguson John, St. Monance
Galloway T. & W. High st
Henderson John, High st
Lindsay James, St. Monance
Morris Mitchell, St. Monance
Redpath James, St. Monance
Tod Andrew, James st
Tod David, Shore
Clydesdale Bank, Limited, Pittenweem
{sub-office to Anstruther), open daily from
10 to 8 and on Saturday from 10 to 12 —
David Cook, agent
National Bank of Scotland, Limited,
High st (Branch) ; head office, Edinburgh —
draws on own branch, London — Hugh Mac-
millan, agent
â–  i â–  in James, High st
Bennett James, Carnbee
Dawson Thomas, Abercrombie
Grubb Joseph, Ovenstone
Grubb William, Carnbee
Lomsden John, South
Nicolsou Th .mas, l^ettenweem
Ogilvie James, St. Monance
Ogilvie William, St. Monance
Peebles Thjmas, James st
Fulton William, Water wynd
Miller John, St. Monance
Robertson John, St. Monance
Caiman Jane, Carnbee
Christie James, High st
Crisp David, High st
Leishman Agnes, High st
Balfour David, High st
Black James, Arncroach
Brand John, East shore
Cameron James, St. Monance
Hughes John, High st
Nicholson John, Arncroach
Ogilvie John, St. Monance
Oswald David, James st
Ovenstone John, South loan
Patrick Alexander, St. Monance
Wilkie Alexander (dealer), High st
Wilson David, Marygatest
Bonthrone John, St. Monance
Brewery, Fifeshire
(See also Joiners
Bissett Alexander, Arncroach
Forgan Thomas, Arncroach
Lumsden William, Pittenweem
Walker John & Sons, Newtown of Balcormo
Wilson Alexander, High st
Brown William, Charles st
Wheeler William, Arncroach

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