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Auchtertool


Fife

A village in a parish of the same name that lies between Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath in SW Fife. Formerly on lands held by the Bishop of Dunkeld and now incorporating the small satellite settlement of Newbigging, the village once stood at the junction of roads linking Dunfermline to Kirkcaldy and the Kinghorn ferry to Perth.

The solitary parish church to the west of the village was rebuilt in 1833 and to the N stand the ruins of Hallyards which was erected by Sir James Kirkcaldy of Grange, Lord High Treasurer to James V. Candleford House, a former manse, and Auchtertool House were both built in the early 19th Century.

A distillery was also established in the 19th century, but today Auchtertool is a centre of farming and engineering with a primary school and a nursing home.


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