These notes are taken from a pamphlet I found whilst clearing out my father's papers after his death. There is nothing to say that they have been made copyright, and the only credits are to the late Provost R.M.Livingstone F.S.A. (Scot) for the notes. I have decided to put these into the public domain (slightly edited and amended) for the benefit not only of those visitors to Burntisland who might make use of them, but also for those now far away from the town who might enjoy a trip down memory lane. For those far-flung ex-inhabitants who are unable to visit, I have illustrated the walk on the following pages with a few photographs of the places described. There is a link at the foot of this page to a PDF format file which may be downloaded and printed out for anyone who would care to walk round the route. Enjoy your walk!
Historic Burntisland Walk
The walk commences in front of the Town Hall in the High Street, next to the Public Library. A little history lesson first. A Pictish fort considered to be 4,000 years old is still above Dunearn House on the highest part of the Binn Hill. A Cinerary Urn of 4,000 years old was found at the building of the Binn House (now demolished) in 1866, and most recently some 4,000 year old cup and ring carvings have been found on the Binn. There are reports of Agricola, the Roman General, landing here in AD83, in the year before his battle at Mons Graupius with the Pictish leader Calgacus. This area has therefore been inhabited for at least 4,000 years, but it was in 1586 before a Provost was first elected and the town represented in the Scottish Parliament. Head east from the town hall, and start off up the Kirkgate, turning left at the top passing the Parish Church, and moving along to the Parsonage.