The Ancient Royal Burgh of Dunfermline

 

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An assorted collection of Douglas connections with Dunfermline:

Dunfermline is a town and former Royal Burgh, and parish, in Fife, Scotland, on high ground 3 miles (5 km) from the northern shore of the Firth of Forth.

The earliest known settlements in the area around Dunfermline probably date as far back as the Neolithic period. The area was not regionally significant until at least the Bronze Age. The town was first recorded in the 11th century, with the marriage of Malcolm III, King of Scotland, and Saint Margaret at the church in Dunfermline. As his Queen consort, Margaret established a new church dedicated to the Holy Trinity, which evolved into an Abbey under their son, David I in 1128. Following the burial of Alexander I in 1160, the abbey graveyard confirmed its status as the burial place of Scotland's kings and queens up to and including Robert The Bruce in 1329.

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DOUGLAS DRIVE
1). Situated off east Baldridge Drive
2). Possibly named after Mr. John Douglas, Depute Town Clerk, Motherwell and
Wishaw, he was appointed Town Clerk of Dunfermline in 1946. [D‟Line Press 100
years]

3). Mr. John Douglas, who was Town Clerk of Dunfermline for 29 years, had
died at his home at Pitbauchlie Bank aged 64 years. Mr Douglas, who spent
most of his life in local government, came to Dunfermline as Town Clerk in
1946. In a distinguished career, Mr. Douglas served as Session Clerk to
Dunfermline Abbey for 16 years as a representative of the Convention of
Royal Burghs on the Police Council for the UK: and as a member of the Police
Advisory Board for Scotland. He was Governor of the Scottish Police College
at Tulliallan, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Scottish
Central Library. In 1971 Mr Douglas was awarded the OBE for his services to
Dunfermline. [D‟Line Press 11.11.1977]

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DOUGLAS PARK
1). Situated off Douglas Drive Dunfermline.
2). Possibly named after - R.B.T. Douglas Sheriff-Clerk & Justice of the Peace
Depute circa 1850.
3). Andrew Douglas, Adjutant Lieutenant of the Scots Brigade 4.6.1795 B. & G.
There are another seven entries listed. [Burgess Roll of Dunfermline by David Dobson]

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DOUGLAS STREET
1). Situated between the High Street and Pilmuir Street at the General Post Office.
2). Named after James Douglas Esq. Writer and Propriety here.
3). 1829-Douglas Street -During the spring of 1829 a venerable specimen of “Grey
Dunfermline” was removed to make way for the thorough opening up of
Douglas Street. It had a pended front of three large arches, with peaked
windows above them; the middle arch covered the common entry which led
up from High Street to “the toun‟s mercate.” Traditionally, it was known as
the French Ambassador‟s House. [Annals of D‟Line P.627]
4). The old tenement and adjacent house on the East, noticed under date 1829
being removed along with some old back-dikes, the street was in May this
year opened for passengers and traffic and had the name of Douglas Street
given to it in compliment to the proprietor of most of the property her viz.
James Douglas Esq. Writer. [Annals of Dunfermline P.628]
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Mr. James Hill Douglas, Procurator-Fiscal at Dunfermline, was retiring after
more than 30 years in the Fiscal Service. [D‟Line Press 17.9.1982]

Note: Possible connection with Charles Hill Douglas, son of David Douglas W.S.

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John Drummond, son of Robert Drummond, a weaver burgess 5.9.1791, and
Robert Drummond, son of Robert Douglas, a weaver burgess, 5.9.1791. [Burgess
Roll of Dunfermline by David Dobson]

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The trustees of the late Reverend Allan Maclean, senior
minister of the parish, after whom it is named etc. Mr McLean‟s Trustees, viz.
James Hunt of Pittencrieff, Esq., Robert Douglas of Abbey Parks, Esq., and
Rev. P. Chalmers, had left to them about £2000, at their discretionary disposal,
for benevolent purposes of which the above is part. North Church Golfdrum
1840, quad sacra, built in connection with the Establishment. [Chalmers
Vol.1.P.321-2]

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The newly-built £250,000 John Douglas Residential Home, Golfdrum Street,
was opened on Tuesday. “Because we have someone like John Douglas, who
has served the town so well over so long a period, we have no difficulty in
naming the home after him.” [D‟Line Press 11.10.1974]

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Brief of Division of the lands of Grange alias East Barns addressed to
Alexr. Seytoune Lord of Urquhart, principal bailie of the Regality and his
deputes one or more, charging them to divide said lands among Gavin
Douglas portioner of four 7ths George Turnbull portioner of two 7ths and
William Lugton portioner of one 7th.10 July 1597. [S.R.O. RH11.27.2/80 & 85]

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8 Feb 1611 – The Quk day Mr Thomas Wadlaw dimittit his takkis and
kyndnss of tat qrtor of ye mukit land of Kingseathill occupeit be him in favour

of Archibald Douglas, according to ye qlk the provost baillies & c‟saill ressavit
ye said Archd tenent to ye toun I ye said Mr Thomas takkis and ryt of ye said
qrter lands.

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British Linen Company re-established a Branch Bank in Dunfermline, on 31st
July 1831. Robert Douglas Esq. St. Margaret‟s Street Agent. [Annals of D‟Line P.631]

Note.—This Banking Company established a Branch in Dunfermline in 1804. Shortly afterwards it was withdrawn.

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The Railway Club in Townhill Road was a lemonade works owned by
Douglas and Company who had very nice lorries, but not better painted than
the one which delivered battle axe toffee. [A Boys Life in Townhill by Robert Wilson P.8]
Probably Robert Douglas of Kirkcaldy
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Cairneyhill schoolmaster, James Douglas, ??1752

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DOUGLAS DRIVE
1). Situated north off Cairneyhill Road, Crossford
2). Named after Philip Douglas, Manager of Co-operative who built the first
house on the corner of this Drive. Units of other famous Scottish regiments
were stationed in and around the burgh, among them the 4th K>O>S.B. In the
ranks of this battalion was youthful Sergeant Philip Douglas, who became
Sergeant-Major Douglas. Perhaps the liking for the bustling Fife burgh and its
people acquired then influenced his decision to accept the position of Cooperative
managing-secretary some 30 years later. [The Story of the Century D‟Line
Co-operative Society Ltd. P.31]

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DOUGLAS ROAD
1). Situated north off Wood Road.
2). Named after Rear Admiral Sir Charles Douglas, Captain of Lord Rodney‟s
ship HMS Formidable at the Battle of the Saints 1782. He was the proponent
of flint-lock firing on naval guns in place of the slow-match. [D‟Line Carnegie
Library]
3). Sir Charles Douglas Rodney‟s Captain of The Battle of the Sainto 1782. [Story of
Rosyth 158]

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•  Douglas, William. Born Dunfermline. Merchant in New York. Drowned January 8, 1839

See also:
•  Dunfermline Abbey
•  18th century deeds
•  Dunfermline records
•  16thC births in Dunfermline

 

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•  Dunfermline Press

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