Stupid Village Pranks

Dundee Courier 11 November 1904

A couple of young lads who sought to enjoy themselves by annoying a female household in the village by fixing a cord to the window against which they rattled a nail and button, appeared to answer to their foolish pranks in Dunfermline Sheriff Court yesterday.

Their names were William Todd McMillan, labourer, Pitdinnie and William Reid, miner. After disturbing the quiet inthe village they entered a neighbouring field and pulled a quantity of straw from the top of a stack.

It was stated of McMillan that , although he was only 18 years of age, he had already a number of previous convictions. He was sentenced to pay a fine of 10s or 3 days and ordered to find caution of £1 for his six months’ good behaviour; while Reid was sentenced to find caution of 10s for three months’ good behaviour, or three days.

Cairneyhill Miner’s Fatal Fall

Dundee Courier 19 August 1935

Cycling accident near Dunfermline

John Redmond Stewart, Mansion Buildings, Cairneyhill a 30 year-old miner was fatally injured as the result of a fall from his bicycle on the outskirts of Dunfermline on Saturday.

Stewart had been at the football match in Dunfermline and was returning home at night when the accident occurred.

Midway down the brae known as Urquhart Cut, on the Dunfermline Crossford road, he swerved and applied his brakes in order to avoid a woman pedestrian. He was thrown from the machine and rendered unconscious.

People in the vicinity came to his help and he was rushed in the ambulance to Dunfermline and West Fife Hospital where he was found to be suffering from a fractured skull. He died in hospital yesterday.

Stewart is survived by his widow and a child.

Cairneyhill Horticultural Society

Dunfermline Saturday Press 28 July 1860

The Cairneyhill Horticultural Society held their first exhibition for the season on Saturday in the village school – Mr Alexander Stenhouse of Pitfirrane acted as judge.

The show was a very creditable one and the prizes were awarded as follows:

Society’s Prizes

Heaviest 36 gooseberries – Alexander Bald, 2nd James Clark
Heaviest 12 cherries – James Clark and Henry Deas equal
Heaviest currants, red and white, 6 twigs each – James Clark
Heaviest 12 strawberries – Henry Deas, 2nd Angus Hodge
Heaviest 1 cabbage – William Black, 2nd James Herron
Heaviest 6 potatoes – Alexander Bald, 2nd Peter Deas
Heaviest 3 early carrots – James Clark, 2nd James Herron
Heaviest 2 turnips – Alexander Bald, 2nd Peter Deas
Heaviest 25 pod peas – Alexander Bald

Extra Prizes

Heaviest 6 pods peas – Alexander Bald, 2nd James Clark
Heaviest early cabbage – James Herron, 2nd William Black
Heaviest 3 early carrots – James Clark, 2nd James Herron
Heaviest early cabbage – James Herron, 2nd William Black
Heaviest 3 stalks rhubarb – William Black, 2nd James Clark
Heaviest 6 potatoes – Alexander Bald
Best 2 hand bouquets – James Clark, 2nd John Morris
Best 2 pansies and 2 pinks – William Black
Best 4 stocks – Peter Deas, 2nd James Clark
Best 4 sweet williams – James Clark, 2nd William Black
Best 4 phloxes – John Morris, 2nd Alexander Deas
Best 6 pansies – William Black, 2nd Alexander Bald
Best 2 fuchsias, in pot – James Clark
Best 4 phloxes – James Clark
Best geranium, in pot – James Clark
Best 4 antirrhinums – Peter Deas
Best geranium, in pot – Peter Deas
Best 6 pansies – William Black, 2nd Alexander Bald
Best 4 stocks – James Clark, 2nd William Black
Best 6 pinks – William Black
Heaviest 6 shallots – Alexander Deas

Examination of Mrs More’s Seminary for Young Ladies

Fife Herald 18 July 1839

On Monday the 15th instant the seminary for young ladies conducted by Mrs More and daughters was examined by several clergymen, established and dissenting, in the presence of the parents and friends of the pupils.

The exhibition made by the young ladies fully sustained the high character which this seminary has attained for imparting an education not only accomplished but useful, solid and enlightened.

The examinators expressed themselves highly pleased with the proficiency of the pupils in history, geography, modern languages etc with the specimens of essays read on philosophical subjects and especially with their intimate acquaintance with religious truth; in all of these departments the young ladies acquitted themselves very creditable. There was a marked improvement from last year.

Nor were the more ornamental branches deficient. The walls were covered with drawings in chalk, pencil and water colours – some of the latter very exquisite; and there was a profusion of needlework, japanned screens, baskets etc all indicating the dominion of a refined and elegant taste. In the evening a concert of vocal and instrumental music was performed – almost all the young ladies taking part. Several of the most brilliant compositions of hers and other masters were gone through with great precision while the vocal duets and songs gave much delight to all present.

The business of the day was concluded by the Queen’s anthem being sung in full chorus by all assembled. Some time since we noticed that Mrs and Miss More had presented to them a very handsome silver spice stand and writing desk.

The proceedings of this day testified that the attention and labour bestowed on them bu their pupils during the year were reason sufficient for the token of the young ladies’ gratitude and esteem.

Obituary of Reverend John Moir

The Alloa Journal 6 July 1895

There passed away on Thursday afternoon the Reverend John Moir, BD, minister of the United Presbyterian Church, Cairneyhill, Dunfermline in connection with which he was ordained in 1876.

For some months he has been in indifferent health but no doubt was entertained until recently of ultimate recovery.

The reverend gentleman, though retiring in disposition, was well-known in the district and very highly respected.

At the University of Glasgow he distinguished himself in oriental languages and though known to be a United Presbyterian student was honoured by the late Professor Weir in him appointing Mr Moir his assistant to conduct a summer tutorial class for the study of Hebrew.

Since his settlement in Cairneyhill he has greatly interested himself in education, having been for some time Chairman of Carnock School Board.

He leaves a widow and four children to mourn his loss.

Cairneyhill War Memorial

Cairneyhill War Memorial

1914-1918

Second Lieutenant George Anderson McDonald, 10th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, son of James and Margaret McDonald of Pleasance, Cairneyhill, Dunfermline, died 18 August 1917 aged 19. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France (no known grave).


2nd Lieutenant James M Moir RH


2nd Lieutenant Walter Forbes Hutton, 11th Battalion attached to 8th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Died 14 July 1916 aged 20. Son of Mr and Mrs David Hutton of 58 Brucefield Avenue, Dunfermline. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France (no known grave).


Sergeant John Erskine VC The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), service number 200476, D Company, 5th/6th Battalion. Died 14 April 1917 aged 23. Son of William and Elizabeth Erskine. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France (no known grave).


Sgt John Jamieson CH


Sergeant William Stewart, 1st/7th Battalion Royal Scots, service number 302871. Died 24th November 1917 aged 34. Son of Walter and Agnes Stewart of Main Street, Cairneyhill. Native of Newlands, Peebleshire. Buried at Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel.


Lance Corporal William McLaren Erskine, service number 43245, B Company, 17th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry. Died 18th November 1916 aged 21. Son of William and Elizabeth Erskine. Buried at New Munich Trench British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, France.


Private Robert A Banks, 12th Battalion, Royal Scots. Service number 43241. Died 21st October 1916. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France (no known grave).


Private James Cook Gordon Highlanders


Private John Donald Gordon Highlanders


Private Alexander Gardner AEF


Private Arthur Glendinning 2nd Battalion, Gordon Highlanders, service number S/9035. Died 25 September 1915. Commemorated at Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France (no known grave).


Private Michael Kirk Gordon Highlanders


Private Charles Lockhart, 2nd Battalion, Gordon Highlanders, service number 963. Died 26th October 1914 aged 23. Son of Mrs A S Lockhart of 60 Baldridgeburn, Dunfermline. Commemorated at Ypres Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium (no known grave).


Private Adam McArthur, 2nd Battalion, Cameron Highlanders, service number 8466. Died 4th May 1915 aged 26. Son of John and Christina McArthur of Burnside Cottage, Cairneyhill. Buried at St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France.


Pte Daniel McMillan N&D


Pte Robert Mercer CH


Pte William Mercer CEF


Private David Scott Philip, A Company, 17th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry, service number 355173. Died 2 December 1917 aged 23. Son of James and Elizabeth Philip of West End, Cairneyhill. Commemorated at Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium (no known grave).


Pte James Philp RH


Pte Robert M Philp RSF


Pte George Reid RS


Private William Sharp, A Company, 8th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders, service number S/3604. Died 26th September 1915 aged 22. Son of Henry and Agnes Sharp of 21 Pittencrieff Street, Dunfermline. Commemorated at Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France (no known grave).


Pte Thomas Templeman CEF


Gr Michael Conoboy RCA


Sgt William Ramsay RH


Gr George Philp RCA

1939 – 1945

Private William Robertson Hamilton, Royal Army Medical Corps, service number 7366767. Died 6 December 1942 aged 24. Son of James and Margaret Hamilton, Cairneyhill. Buried at Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya.


Ft Sgt B Lowrie RAF

There are a few men here that I don’t have details for yet – please get in touch if you can provide any information.

Dunfermline Concert Party at Cairneyhill

Dundee Courier 9 March 1922.

Through the kindness of the Dunfermline branch of the British Legion and with the object of securing funds for the war memorial, a delightful concert was given in the mansion house, Cairneyhill, last night by the Dunfermline Whizz-Bang Costume Concert Party. The members of this party, who acquitted themselves creditably, comprised Mrs R R James (soprano), Miss Jean Selkirk (soubrette), Mr James Kirk (baritone), Mr J Philipps (humorous entertainer) and Mr J Craig. Miss E A Kirk played the accompaniments.

The concert was organised by Rev Wm Forbes, Cairneyhill.