Situated to the north of the B 939 road 3 miles (5 km) west of St Andrews in east Fife, Strathkinness is a commuter village which has spread eastwards from a linear settlement lying on a steep south-facing slope to occupy the crest of a ridge with views over the Eden Estuary. It has origins that probably date back to the 12th Century when the surrounding lands were granted to the Priory of St Andrews. Strathkinness was formerly an agricultural community that developed weaving in the 18th and 19th centuries in addition to the quarrying of stone which was an important industry until the 20th century. To the south of Strathkinness on Magus Muir a cairn marks the spot where, on 3rd May 1679, James Sharp, Archbishop of St Andrews was murdered by nine Presbyterians.

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