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East Wemyss


A historical perspective, drawn from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885.

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Wemyss, East, a village in Wemyss parish, in the S of Fife, is situated on the shore, about 1 mile SSW of Buckhaven, and 1½ NE of West Wemyss. It has a station, called Wemyss Castle, on the branch railway, opened in 1881, between Thornton and Buckhaven. Its houses are well built and comfortable; and its whole appearance is above the average of villages on the E coast. The red-tiled roofs give it an exceedingly picturesque appearance, as seen from a little distance. The pretty cemetery occupies the summit of a well-wooded elevation, a little to the NE. The parish church, an old cruciform building, estimated to hold about 1000 persons, stands near the centre of the village; and the Free church, an unassuming edifice, seated for 380, at the W end. There are two public schools at East Wemyss, already noted under the parish. An ornamental cottage hospital was erected by Mr R. G. Erskine Wemyss in 1883 at a cost of £1200. It contains a surgical and two medical wards, with 24 beds in all, besides accommodation for nurses. There is a reading-room in the village, with a library attached. There is a small brewery at East Wemyss, but the chief industry of the place is the manufacture of ducks, dowlas, sheetings, and dyed linens, carried on in an old-established factory employing 200 hands, and capable of turning out 2, 500, 000 yards of cloth annually. Pop. (1831) 753, (1861) 799, (1871) 777, (1881) 846.

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