Assault at the Toll-House

FIFESHIRE JOURNAL THURSDAY 30 JANUARY 1845

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

On Friday last, about dusk, three Irishmen entered the Gillanderson toll-house, between Cairneyhill and Torryburn, which is licensed to sell spirits and ales, and called for a bottle of ale, which was given them.

Sometime after they called for a gill, but the mistress of the house refusing to give any more unless they paid for what was in, one of the men struck her a severe blow between the shoulders and the neck. She cried for assistance; her husband was not at home, but happily Dr Wilson, Torryburn, came in, and also a number of labourers.

While the Doctor attended to the woman, the labourers secured the fellows. Fortunately young Dr Dewar came up at the time; he encouraged the labourers to secure the Irishmen, and told them he would soon send them assistance. He then rode off, and immediately lodged information with Mr Bell, the inspector of police for the western district, who, accompanied by Sergeant Simpson, was soon at the spot, when they handcuffed the villains and marched them to the jail here, where they are safely lodged.

Mr Bell recognised two of them to be very bad characters -about an hour previous to this assault the same individuals went into Mr Stevenson’s, Crossford, and called for a gill and a bottle of small beer, which they paid; they requested another gill, which was refused as they seemed the worse of liquor. They then requested Mrs Stevenson to make ready some ham which they had with them, which she did. She would not give them bread without it was paid for; they said they had no money, and continued demanding it in the rudest manner, and had not some men interfered who were in the house they would have forced her to comply. After the men interfered, they devoured their ham without bread in the most voracious manner, and one of them chewed the paper in which the ham had been rolled up.

Cairneyhill Burglar

DUNDEE EVENING POST FRIDAY 9 DECEMBER 1904

LENIENCE TO DUNFERMLINE BURGLAR

Some amusement was raised in Dunfermline Sheriff Court today, when an apparently half-witted labourer, George Erskine, North Pitdinnie, Cairneyhill, was charged with breaking into a house lately occupied by himself in Cairneyhill, belonging to Alexander Erskine, railway surfaceman. He admitted the charge, and stated to the Sheriff that he never broke the law before.

His Lordship ordered him to find caution of £1 for six months’ good behaviour, or six days’ imprisonment.

Rent case in 1922

DUNDEE COURIER WEDNESDAY 20 DECEMBER 1922

DUNFERMLINE SHERIFF AND RENT CASE

“This is a question which is coming up in all the Courts,” was the remark of Sheriff Umpherston at Dunfermline Sheriff Court yesterday, in reference to a rent case which came before him.

Thomas Fotheringham, Main Street, Cairneyhill, sued Peter Hogg, miner, Main Street, Cairneyhill, for £4 7s, in respect of two quarters’ rent.

Mr J N Wilson, solicitor, of Messrs Gorrie & Davidson, Dunfermline, who appeared for pursuer, said that defender had paid the increase in rent since 1920, but when the House of Lords decision in the Kerr v Bryce case became known he had refused to pay.

Sheriff Umpherston said that in some Courts such cases were being continued, but he observed that in one place such an excuse was not accepted, and decree of ejection granted. His Lordship, however, decided to continue the case till January.

Cairneyhill Valuation Roll 1905

Dear blog reader.

Welcome to the sixth part in a series, a list of the people, with occupation where known, who were connected with Cairneyhill in 1905.

In 1905, there were 110 people listed with 10 occupations comprising 4 weavers, 1 publican, 1 esquire, 2 Church ministers, 1 smith and 1 shop owner.

This compares with 106 people listed in 1895 with 9 occupations comprising 5 weavers, 1 Church minister, 1 blacksmith and 2 joiners,  98 people listed in 1885 with 17 occupations comprising 10 weavers, 2 Church ministers, 2 blacksmiths, 2 joiners and one farmer, with  75 people listed in 1875 with 22 occupations comprising 14 weavers, 2 Church ministers, 2 wrights, 3 farmers and one joiner, with 65 people listed in 1865 with 27 occupations comprising 22 weavers, one blacksmith, one joiner, 2 wrights and one Church minister and with 66 people listed in 1855 with 4 occupations comprising 3 weavers and one blacksmith.

Hopefully those of you with ancestors from Cairneyhill will find this list useful.

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William Addie

Miss Isabella G Addison

David Alexander

Angelina Bain

Mrs Mary Bald

John Bald, weaver

William Beveridge

David Deas Blair

George Bowie

Miss Ann Bruce

Miss Agnes Bute or Calderhead

Margaret Christie

Henry Cook

David Cook, publican

Richard Cook

James Coyle

Mrs Mary Cree

Miss Christina Crombie

Lawrence Dalgleish Esquire

William Deas

John Devon

Helen Dewar or Dick widow

Dominus Docherty

Thomas Downie

John Downie

John Drummond

Miss Margaret Drysdale

William Drysdale

Campbell Drysdale

Reverend Peter C Duncanson

Alexander Duncanson

John Duncanson

James Duncanson

William Erskine

Miss Christina Erskine

Alexander Erskine

John Erskine

Ralph Erskine

Miss Agnes Erskine

Robert Finlayson

Mrs Isa Finlayson or Young

Reverend William Forbes

William Fotheringham

Thomas Fotheringham

Mrs Mary H Fotheringham

Mrs Christian Fotheringham or Walker

Mrs Isabella Fraser

David Gilmour

James Grant

Charles Grieve

David Grinton

Mrs J Hardie, widow

Miss Jane Hodge

Angus Hodge

Katherine Howieson

James Hunter, smith

Margaret Hunter

Catherine Keir or Reid

James Laing

John Law

James Lawson

Alexander Lindsay

Mary MacDonald

James L MacDonald

James MacDonald

William MacDonald

John MacGrath

William MacNair

Robert MacNaughton

John Matthew

John Miller

Thomas Mitchell, weaver

James Mitchell

James Morris

Mrs Thomas Mungall

Mrs Janet Paterson

William Philp

John Philp

Andrew Ramsay

John B Rankine

Mrs Agnes Reid or Downie

Sebastian Rennie

Charles Robertson

John Robertson

David S Robertson

Isabella Robertson, shop owner

Miss Elizabeth Robertson

James Robertson

Daniel Scott

Henry Sharp

Henry B Sharp

Alexander Sharp, weaver

Mrs Margaret Simpson or Calderhead, widow

James Stark

Robert Stobie

Joseph Sullivan

Thomas Templeman

William Templeman

Miss Isabella Thomson

John Thomson

Mrs Jane Thomson or Rennie

William Torrance

Edward Turnbull

William Waddell

Mrs Agnes Watson

William Watson, weaver

Alexander Watt

Mrs David Wilson

James Wright

William Young

New School for Cairneyhill

DUNDEE COURIER THURSDAY 9 FEBRUARY 1922

ANOTHER NEW SCHOOL FOR FIFE

BETWEEN CROSSFORD AND CAIRNEYHILL

Fife is to have another new school. The Education Authority yesterday decided to proceed with the erection of a school between Crossford and Cairneyhill, near Dunfermline, for the accommodation of pupils from these two villages. The new school will comprise five classrooms.

The position at Crombie was also considered, but it was agreed to take no action until the Admiralty decide whether Crombie is to suffer through the reduction of armaments.

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Dear blog reader

The school described above was in use until 1980/1981. As a family we moved to Cairneyhill in July 1977 and so I actually attended the school mentioned above for 3 years.

Here are two photos of the old school, with the second being people leaving the school on the last day (source of photos: ‘Cairneyhill Residents Are Proactive Facebook group):

Cairneyhill Old School
Cairneyhill Old School

Cairneyhill teacher interferes with father’s effects

DUNFERMLINE SATURDAY PRESS 8 MAY 1880

INTERMEDDLING WITH A FATHER’S EFFECTS

At the Dunfermline Sheriff Small-Debt Court on Tuesday – Sheriff Gillespie presiding- an action was heard at the instance of Colin Mathewson, clothier, against Andrew Roberts, teacher, Cairneyhill, near Dunfermline, on the ground of, as alleged, intermeddling with the goods of his deceased father, John Stanley, 14 Stanley Street, Glasgow, and concluding for the sum of £4 11s 1d as per pass book.

Mr Gorrie, solicitor, appeared for the defender, and pleaded that the son had not been guilty of intermeddling with his father’s effects. The case went to proof, from which it appeared that prior to September last the defender resided with his father in Glasgow, but kept separate apartments. It was also shown that prior to his father’s death he sent to the defender, who had then removed to Cairneyhill, certain articles of furniture, some of which were defender’s own property, and others were given as a present to defender.

The defender had possession of no articles whatever belonging to his father except what he had received voluntarily from him prior to his death.

In these circumstances, the Sheriff held that the pursuer had failed to prove that the defender was an unlawful intermeddler, and gave decree of absolvitor, with 5s of expenses.

Cairneyhill Scholarships

FIFE HERALD
THURSDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 1847

DUNFERMLINE – THE NEW SCHOLARSHIPS

The United Presbyterian Church lately provided a fund of £400 to institute a few scholarships for the most deserving of the students in Divinity attending their hall, and issued subjects for study, on which competitors were to be examined.

The competition took place a short time since, and we are happy to say that two of the highest scholarships were carried off by young students in our own western district. Mr John More, Cairneyhill Manse, obtained one of £25, and Mr George Morris, teacher, Cairneyhill, got one of £20. The lowest were £10 each.

Several ministers were appointed as examiners, and they carefully prepared themselves for their duties. The examination was conducted with great rigour and impartiality, and in such a manner that nothing like cramming could have been of any advantage. The advantages of such scholarships on the rising race of students will soon become apparent, and the body will shortly possess a host of highly educated and clever men.

An unusual medical matter

Dear blog reader

I was most intrigued when I found the below report. It’s curious that a medical matter in Cairneyhill attracted such attention but it’s perhaps a shame that the young woman isn’t named.

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FIFE HERALD THURSDAY 15 APRIL 1830

DUNFERMLINE

The following case deserves to be recorded:- A young woman belonging to Cairneyhill, got a large thorn into her foot about ten months ago. During all that time she had several surgeons attending her, but without success.

Happily Mr Scott, surgeon, Culross was called in, and succeeded in extracting the thorn, which was very large, and has been shewn by the girl to more than a hundred persons. She is now quite well.

From the size of piece of wood extracted, the length of time it remained in the foot, and the long but in effectual efforts made to promote a cure, the case has excited considerable interest in the village where the young woman dwells.

Cairneyhill Valuation Roll 1895


Dear blog reader

Welcome to the fifth part in a series, a list of the people, with occupation where known, who were connected with Cairneyhill in 1895.

In 1895, there were 106 people listed with 9 occupations comprising 5 weavers, 1 Church minister, 1 blacksmith and 2 joiners.

This compares with 98 people listed in 1885 with 17 occupations comprising 10 weavers, 2 Church ministers, 2 blacksmiths, 2 joiners and one farmer, with 75 people listed in 1875 with 22 occupations comprising 14 weavers, 2 Church ministers, 2 wrights, 3 farmers and one joiner, with 65 people listed in 1865 with 27 occupations comprising 22 weavers, one blacksmith, one joiner, 2 wrights and one Church minister and with 66 people listed in 1855 with 4 occupations comprising 3 weavers and one blacksmith.

Hopefully those of you with ancestors from Cairneyhill will find this list useful.

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Mrs Matilda Addie [Adie]
Miss Isabella G Addison
James Arnott
Alexander Bald
James Bald, weaver
William Bald
William Beveridge
Thomas Blair
David Deas Blair
Alexander Bowie
Miss Ann Bruce
Mrs Janet Buchan or Devon
Mrs Agnes Bute or Calderhead
Robert Calderhead
John Calderhead
George Chalmers
Mrs Chalmers
James Chalmers
Henry Cook
Miss Christina Crombie
Matthew Cullen
William Deas
Mrs Christina Deas
Mrs Eliza Dobbie, weaver
Thomas Downie
George Drysdale
John Drysdale
Campbell Drysdale
Reverend Peter C Duncanson, minister
Alexander Duncanson
John Duncanson
James Duncanson
William Erskine
John Erskine
Alexander Erskine
Ralph Erskine
Agnes Erskine, weaver
Robert Finlayson
Alexander Flint
William Fotheringham
Mrs Mary H Fotheringham
Mrs Christian Fotheringham or Walker
David Gilmour
James Hall
Mrs J Hardie, widow
David Herd
Isabella Hodge
Miss Jane Hodge
Thomas Hodge
Angus Hodge
Peter Hogg
John Howieson
James Hunter, smith
John Jones
Thomas Landale
James Lawson
Robert Lindsay
Alexander Lindsay
William MacCulloch
James MacDonald
James MacIntosh
Michael MacKenna
Daniel MacMillan
James MacNab
Andrew MacNair
Michael MacNeil
Mrs Jane Marshall or Kennedy
James Morris
Mrs Marion Morris
Miss Jessie Morris
Donald Murray
James Niven
William Paterson
George Paterson, weaver
Mrs Isabella Philp
John Philp
John Pryde
Mary Ramsay
Mrs Betsy Rattray or Black
Mrs Agnes Reid or Downie
John Rennie
Charles Robertson
David S Robertson
Janet Robertson
John Robertson, weaver
John Robertson, joiner
Charles Robertson, joiner
James Robertson
Miss Elizabeth Robertson
Mrs Isabella Robertson or Finlayson
Alexander Struth
Thomas Templeman
John Templeman
Robert Templeman
William Templeman
Mrs Janet Thomson
Miss Isabella Thomson
George Tod
Edward Turnbull
David Wilson
Thomas Wilson
John Wright
Alexander Wright
Alexander Young
William Young



Examination of a school in 1838

FIFE HERALD THURSDAY 16 AUGUST 1838

SCHOOL EXAMINATION

On Friday last, the school in Cairneyhill taught by Mr W S Reid was examined by the Rev Messrs Gilston and More.

The progress of the pupils in the various branches of a useful education was very satisfactory; the readiness of their answers, and their correct explanation of the meaning of what they read, shewed at once the success of the intellectual system of education. and the pains bestowed by the teacher on his youthful charge.

We are glad to know that Mr Reid’s value as a teacher is fully appreciated by the inhabitants, among whom he is deservedly a favourite. Next to the blessing of having a faithful and devoted minister ranks that of having a laborious and energetic teacher, and with these Cairneyhill is well supplied. After the examination the youths were formed in procession, and marched with music and flying colours, under the guidance of the school committee, to Pitfirrane House, where they were graciously received by Sir Peter Halkett and family.

The youngsters having been all served with a refreshment, Sir Peter drunk their health in a goblet of wine, and hoped they would live to do honour to their countryside. This was responded to with three cheers, when the whole marched back to the village. The committee and their friends sat down to an excellent dinner in the school, and spent the evening very happily together.