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Parish of Flisk

A historical perspective, drawn from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885.

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1791-99: Flisk
1834-45: Flisk

Flisk, a parish of N Fife, whose church to the NE stands 1 furlong S of the Firth of Tay, 6 miles ENE of Newburgh station, and 7¾ NNW of the post-town Cupar, whilst on its SW border is the little village of Glenduckie, 4½ miles E by N of Newburgh. Bounded NW and N by the Firth of Tay, E by Balmerino, SE by Creich, S by the Aytonhill section of Abdie, and SW by Dunbog, it has an utmost length from ENE to WSW of 4¼ miles, a varying breadth of 4½ furlongs and 2 miles, and an area of 2854¾ acres, of which 240¾ are foreshore. The firth, expanding here from 1¼ to 3 miles, is fringed by a level strip 70 to 550 yards in breadth, beyond which the surface rises rapidly to 714 feet at Glenduckie Hill, 800 on the boundary with Abdie, and 600 on that with Creich, whilst from Glenduckie sinking again to less than 200 on the Dunbog border. The rocks are partly eruptive, partly Devonian, and the soil in general is a clayey loam. Rather more than onetenth of the entire area is under wood, one-fifteenth is natural pasture, and all the rest is under cultivation. Ballanbreich Castle, a picturesque ruin, has been separately noticed. Two parsons of Flisk in the first half of the 16th century, John Waddell and James Balfour, were judges of the Court of Session; and another, John Wemyss, towards the close of that century, became principal of St Leonard's College, St Andrews. The property is mostly divided among three. Giving off a portion quoad sacra to Dunbog, Flisk is in the presbytery of Cupar and synod of Fife; the living is worth £259. The parish church, built in 1790, contains 1 53 sittings; and a public school, with accommodation for 73 children, had (1881) an average attendance of 40, and a grant of £49, 6s. Valuation (l866) £3666, 16s. 3d., (1882) £4452, 2s. 10d. Pop. of civil parish (1801) 300, (1831) 286, (1861) 313, (1871) 280, (1881) 259; of q. s. parish (1871) 212, (1881) 213.—Ord. Sur., sh. 48, 1868.

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