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Methil, a seaport village in Wemyss parish, Fife, on the Firth of Forth, 1 mile SW of Leven, and 1¼ NE of Buckhaven. Constituted a burgh of barony in 1662 by the Bishop of St Andrews, it has long possessed commercial importance, in consequence of its harbour being one of the best on the S coast of Fife. The E pier was greatly injured by a storm in 1803, with the effect of choking the entrance to the harbour, but was restored in 1838 at a cost of more than £6100; and a new wet dock, principally for facilitating the shipping of coals, was constructed in 1875. An Established church, built in 1837-38 at a cost of £1030, and containing upwards of 800 sittings, in 1875 was raised to quoad sacra status. Pop. of village (1836) 508, (1861) 522, (1871) 648, (1881) 754; of q. s. parish (1881) 2342, of whom 501 were in Markinch.—Ord. Sur., sh. 40, 1867.

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