Limekilns

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Limekilns, a coast village of SW Fife, mainly in Dunfermline, but partly in Inverkeithing parish, 1 mile E by S of Charlestown and 3 miles SSW of Dunfermline town. In 1814 Limekilns had 4 brigs, 1 schooner, and 137 sloops; in 1843 6 brigs, 7 schooners, 16 sloops, and 1 pinnace, these thirty manned by 168 men; but now there is hardly any shipping, owing to altered modes of transit. An old house, called the ` King's Cellar,' bears date 1581, and was possibly the death-place of Robert Pitcairn (1520-84), first commendator of Dunfermline and secretary of state for Scotland. George Thomson (1759-1851), the editor of a well-known Collection of Scottish Songs, was a native. A ` pan house, for saltmaking, long discontinued, was started in 1613; and in 1825 there was built, at a cost of £2000, a U.P. church, with 1056 sittings, whose congregation- celebrated its centenary on 12 Nov. 1882. Limekilns has also a post office under Dunfermline, and a public school. Pop. (1841) 950, (1861) 828, (1871) 758, (1881) 698, of whom 21 were in Inverkeithing.—Ord. Sur., sh. 32, 1857.

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