Memory Lapse Causes Breach Of Peace

DUNDEE EVENING TELEGRAPH, FRIDAY 15 JULY 1927

FIFE MAN BLAMES ‘LAPSE OF MEMORY’

DUNFERMLINE PRISON SENTENCE FOR ‘BREACH’

A Cairneyhill labourer, Peter McArthur, in custody, was sent to prison for ten days by Sheriff Umpherston at Dunfermline today for breach of the peace.

He pleaded guilty to having committed a breach of the peace on 8th July at the house at Hilton Road, Cairneyhill, occupied by Anne Graham, widow.

He stated that it was a recurrence of his war disability that was the cause of the trouble. He was troubled with lapse of memory at times. If he was causing a breach of the peace it was not wilfully done.

Cairneyhill Valuation Roll 1875

Dear blog reader

Welcome to the third part in a series, a list of the people, with occupation where known, who were connected with Cairneyhill in 1875.

In 1875, there were 75 people listed with 22 occupations comprising 14 weavers, 2 Church ministers, 2 wrights, 3 farmers and one joiner.

This compares 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 Henry Arnott
James Bauld [Bald], weaver
Thomas Blair, weaver
Reverend David Borland, minister
George Bowie
William Bruce
Peter Bruce, weaver
Mrs Calderhead
John Calderhead
James Calderhead
George Chalmers
Henry Cook, wright
Mrs Janet Crombie
Alexander Cunningham, farmer
John Day
Henry Deas, weaver
William Dick
Mrs John Downie, weaver
William Drysdale
Reverend Peter C Duncanson, minister
Mrs Agnes Duncanson
James Duncanson
Miss Catherine Duncanson
John Duncanson, weaver
Miss Jean Duncanson
Alexander Erskine
John Erskine, farmer
George Erskine
Robert Erskine, wright
William Erskine, farmer
Henry Fotheringham
Mrs Chn Fotheringham or Walker
John Gardiner
John Gilmour, weaver
John Hardie
Daniel Hempseed
Isabella Hodge, weaver
Mrs Thomas Hodge
Angus Hodge
Joseph Howieson
John Howieson
Robert Kirke Esquire
Alexander Lindsay
David Masterton
James Mitchell
Peter Mitchell
James Morris
William Morris
William Paterson
George Paterson, weaver
Miss Jean Philp
John Philp
Robert Philp
Mrs Henry Reid, weaver
Henry Reid, weaver
John Reid, weaver
Mary Rennie
John Robertson, weaver
Charles Robertson, joiner
James Smitton [Smeaton?]
Thomas Templeman
Robert Templeman
Robert Thomson
James Thomson
John Thomson
Miss Isabella Thomson
George Tod
Mrs Ann Todd
David Watt
Margaret Wightman
William Wilson, weaver
John Wilson
David Wilson
George Young
Alexander Young






























Man Assaults Brother-in-Law

DUNDEE EVENING TELEGRAPH THURSDAY 25 APRIL 1940

MAN ASSAULTS BROTHER-IN-LAW

A fine of 30s was imposed on Norman McDonald, nurseryman, Pentland View, Cairneyhill, at Dunfermline Sheriff Court today when he was charged with assaulting his brother-in-law.

He pleaded not guilty that on April 13, within the grounds of Cairneyhill Nurseries, occupied by James McDonald, he assaulted Richard William Bate, munition worker, Nashdome, Main Street, Cairneyhill, kicked him on the ankle, knocked his head against a wall, threw him over his shoulder, and carried him forcibly and against his will into the house occupied by James McDonald.

After hearing evidence Sheriff Umpherston found the charge proved.

Cairneyhill organist remembered

DUNDEE EVENING TELEGRAPH SATURDAY 5 MARCH 1949

PRECENTOR TAUGHT HIM

Mr David Peggie, formerly of Inverkeithing and now of Falkland, is to be honoured by Dunfermline and Kinross Presbytery in recognition of his jubilee as organist and choirmaster.

Mr Peggie had his first music lessons from one of the old-time precentors at Falkland. At 18 he became the first organist of the Free Church of Falkland which had just been presented with an organ by Andrew Carnegie.

For six years Mr Peggie was organist at Kingskettle and later at Cairneyhill. During the first World War he was organist and librarian in a large hospital in France and later was appointed organist at Torryburn Parish Church. Latterly he has been at Dalgety Church.

The Presbytery are hoping to arrange for the presentation of a psalter and hymn book to Mr Peggie at their next monthly meeting.

Mink farming in Cairneyhill!

DUNDEE EVENING TELEGRAPH SATURDAY 22 NOVEMBER 1947

THEY’RE FARMERS – OF MINK

The farming and breeding of mink is the new venture of two brothers and a sister at Cairneyhill, Dunfermline.

The ‘farmers with a difference’ are Mr William Rawlence, Mr Edgar Rawlence, and Miss Norma Rawlence, whose home is at 11 Main Road, Crombie. Their farm is ground at the rear of the home of another sister, Mrs Hall, Burnside Cottages, Cairneyhill.

At present their stock is valued at £200, comprising eight Yukon and Eastern mink. It will be two years before the stock increases sufficiently to allow the Rawlence family to market the pelts. Later Miss Rawlence intends to branch out in another venture on her own – the cultivation of mushrooms.

Electricity comes to Cairneyhill

DUNDEE COURIER THURSDAY 8 DECEMBER 1949

GOOD-BYE PARAFFIN LAMPS

Mrs George Reid, of Cook’s Buildings, Main Street, Cairneyhill, one of the many housewives who have had electricity installed in their homes, knits by the light of her new lamp.

Mrs George Reid

Electric lights burned in the village of Cairneyhill, near Dunfermline, yesterday for the first time.

The switch-on of the current by 80-year-old Mrs Archibald Penman was the successful end to years of petitioning by villagers who have lived nearly all their lives by the light of paraffin lamps and gas.

‘I was born 50 years too soon,’ said Mrs Penman at the switch-on ceremony at the sub-station of the South-East Electricity Board in Main Street.

She envied the young wives of to-day who had the opportunity of labour-saving gadgets in their homes.

Electricity has already been led to 19 houses in the village, but soon 60 will have the opportunity of getting power.

Mr Penman was the first to put his name to a petition urging the installation of electricity, and his was one of the first houses to be fitted.

It was a big change for the old couple to go home after the ceremony to a brightly lit home. They have lived in Cairneyhill for 36 years.

Present at the ceremony were Mr C H A Collyns, sub-area electricity manager, and Mr J W Moule, commercial officer. Mrs Penman was presented with an electric iron by 15-year-old Steve Carty, youngest apprentice on the scheme.

Mr Collyns said the installation was also a result of an application by agricultural and horticultural organisations for soil heating.

Drunk driver in Cairneyhill Main Street

DUNDEE EVENING TELEGRAPH TUESDAY 15 OCTOBER 1935

DUNFERMLINE MOTORIST ON DRINK CHARGE – PEOPLE TAKE STARTING HANDLE AS PRECAUTION

Robert Swan Pearson, wireless salesman, 32 Bruce Street, Dunfermline, was fined £2 and disqualified from holding a license for twelve months at Dunfermline Sheriff Court today.

He admitted that, on October 14, in Main Street, Cairneyhill, he attempted to drive a motor car while under the influence of drink to such an extent as to be incapable of having proper control of the vehicle.

Mr W Irvine, procurator fiscal-depute, said accused was seen in the street in Cairneyhill staggering round his car. He got into the car and people in the vicinity dragged him out.

They moved the car round to a close and took away the starting handle to keep him from starting it.

Breach of the peace at village institute

DUNDEE EVENING TELEGRAPH MONDAY 27 DECEMBER 1937

FIFE MAN ON BREACH CHARGE

Thomas Lamont, apprentice joiner, Main Street, Cairneyhill, was admonished at Dunfermline Sheriff Court today for having committed a breach of the peace on 16th December in Cairneyhill village institute, Main Street, Cairneyhill.

Mr A Mitchell, solicitor, on accused’s behalf, said accused, who was a member of the institute, turned up about a quarter to ten and found the door locked. He began to push it. The caretaker came out and asked what the noise was about.

They started an argument as to whether the caretaker was entitled to shut the door. The caretaker proceeded to try to throw him out and there was a breach of the peace.

Mr R J Waugh, procurator fiscal, said the caretaker’s statement was that accused adopted a threatening attitude.

Flower nursery pioneer dead

DUNDEE COURIER 31 MARCH 1941

FLOWER NURSERY PIONEER DEAD

A prominent Scottish nurseryman and seedsman, Mr James McDonald, Cairneyhill Nurseries, near Dunfermline, died at his home on Saturday. He was 68.

A native of Glasgow, he was a pioneer of the nursery business. In 1888 he went to Cairneyhill and began gardening with his grandfather. Later he took a lease of the Pleasance, and subsequently developed a wholesale nursery business which became known over a wide area.

Mr McDonald serves for a time on the Carnock Parish Council and also held office as chairman of Cairneyhill Welfare Institute.

He is survived by Mrs McDonald, four sons (two of whom are associated in the business), and two daughters.

Obituary of Reverend William Forbes

DUNDEE COURIER, THURSDAY 3 JUNE 1943

47 YEARS’ MINISTRY IN FIFE
DEATH OF REV. W FORBES, CAIRNEYHILL CHURCH

A well-known Fife minister, Rev William Forbes, Cairneyhill Church of Scotland, who was joint clerk of Dunfermline and Kinross Presbytery, died in a Dunfermline nursing home yesterday at the age of 79.

He had been in failing health for some time and recently applied for a colleague and successor.

Mr Forbes, who was a native of Aberdeen, was ordained and inducted to the charge of Cairneyhill Church in 1895, and when he intimated his intention of retiring he had completed a ministry of over 47 years.

Joint clerk of the former United Free Church Presbytery of Dunfermline and Kinross, he was appointed to a similar office in the new Presbytery after the union of the Churches in 1929.

Interested in education, he served on the old School Board of Carnock, and when the school boards were superseded he was elected a member of Fife Education Authority.

He was a Justice of Peace for the county.

Mr Forbes is survived by three sons. His wife predeceased him three years ago.