The 'Provost', Ceres, Fife
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The 'Provost', Ceres, Fife

Once described as 'the most attractive village in Scotland', Ceres lies amidst fertile farmland in NE Fife, 3 miles (5 km) southeast of Cupar. Mentioned as early as the 12th Century, it was created a burgh of barony in 1620 under the Hopes of Craighall, developing as a centre of farming, weaving, and brewing.

Unlike most Scottish villages its attractive pantiled cottages stand round a green, known as Bow Butts. This is the scene of annual games held on the last Saturday of June which are considered the oldest continuously-held Highland Games in Scotland. They celebrate the return of the men of Ceres from the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.

There is a Bannockburn Memorial by the village green and an old bridge over the Ceres Burn leads to the Fife Folk Museum which was opened in 1968 by the Central and North Fife Preservation Society. Built into a wall in the main street is the seated figure of the Rev. Thomas Buchanan, the last Church Provost in 1578.

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