Old County of Fife

A former county and an earldom of E Central Scotland, Fife lies between the Firth of Tay to the N and Firth of Forth to the S, with Perthshire, Kinross-shire and Clackmannanshire to the W. It had an area of 492 sq. miles (1274 sq. km). The principal settlements included Cupar (the administrative centre), Cowdenbeath, Dunfermline, Lochgelly and St Andrews, together with the ports of Burntisland, Kirkcaldy and Methil. Its principal rivers were the Eden and the Leven. The boundaries of the county have remained constant following local government reorganisation in 1974, when it became Fife Region, and a further reorganisation in 1996, when it became Fife Council Area.

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