Cairneyhill Valuation Roll 1885

Dear blog reader

Welcome to the fourth part in a series, a list of the people, with occupation where known, who were connected with Cairneyhill in 1885.

In 1885, there were 98 people listed with 17 occupations comprising 10 weavers, 2 Church ministers, 2 blacksmiths, 2 joiners and one farmer. .

This compares 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.


Mrs Adie
Miss Isabella G Addison
James Arnott
Alexander Bald
James Bald – loomshop
William Bald
William Beveridge
Thomas Blair – loomshop
Mrs William Black
George Bowie
William Bruce
Peter Bruce
Mrs Agnes Calderhead
John Calderhead
John Calderhead
George Chalmers
Mrs Chalmers
William Christie
Henry Cook
Mrs Janet Crombie – loom stance [probably the separate room or building where the loom was housed]
Alexander Cunningham
Mrs Alexander Deas
Mary Deas
William Dick
Mrs John Downie – loom stances
Archibald Downie
George Drysdale
William Drysdale
Campbell Drysdale
Reverend Peter C Duncanson – owner of smithy
Miss Jean Duncanson
Alexander Duncanson
John Duncanson
James Duncanson
John Erskine – farmer
Alexander Erskine
David Erskine
Isabella Finlayson
William Fotheringham
Mrs Mary H Fotheringham
Mrs Christian Fotheringham or Walker
John Gilmour – loomshop
Charles Grieve
John Hardie
Isabella Hodge
Miss Jane Hodge
Thomas Hodge
Angus Hodge
John Howieson
James Hunter – smithy
Robert Kennedy
Robert Kirke Esquire
Miss Barbara Landale
John Lawson
James Lawson
Robert Lindsay
Alexander Lindsay
Henry Lothian
John Lunn – loomshop
William MacAlly
James MacDonald
Andrew MacNair
Adam Masterton
Peter Mitchell
James Mitchell
Reverend John Moir
Mary Morris
Robert Morris
James Morris
John Morris
Robert Morrison
William Paterson
George Paterson – loomshop
Mrs Isabella Philp
John Philp
David Pope
Janet Robertson
John Robertson – loomshop and joiner
Charles Robertson – joiner
James Robertson
Mrs Elizabeth Robertson
Janet Shields
John Sinclair
Thomas Templeman
Mrs Templeman
Robert Templeman
Robert Thomson
Mrs James Thomson
John Thomson
Miss Isabella Thomson
George Tod
Edward Turnbull
Frederick Walker
David Wilson
John Wilson – loomshop
Mrs Isabella Wilson – loomshop
Alexander Young
George Young

Market Gardener’s Appeal



Sheriff-Principal Fenton has issued his judgment in the appeal in the action at the instance of Alexander Beveridge, market gardener, Cairneyhill, near Dunfermline, against John Erskine, farmer, Myrend Farm, Cairneyhill.

Pursuer applied for declarator and interdict against the defender, prohibiting him using the Myrend Road as a right of way to his field for the purpose of taking dung to and victuals off the field.

The defender maintained that as pursuer was cultivating the field as a market gardener he was entitled to use the road for taking such produce from it, his right being to take victuals only, which defender interpreted as restricted to any kind of grain or corn.

The Sheriff Substitute granted declarator and interdict, and awarded £5 10s, holding that the word victual was sufficiently elastic to include food produce derived from the cultivation of the field.

Against the interlocutor the defender appealed, and the Sheriff-Principal has refused the appeal, holding with the Sheriff Substitute that pursuer was entitled to use the road for taking dung to the field and driving therefrom any food produce derived from cultivation. He accordingly refused the appeal with the expenses to the pursuer.

Agents:- for pursuer, Mr Peter McLeod, solicitor, Dunfermline. Counsel for defender, Mr MacDonald, KC, and Mr Innes, agents, Balfour & Manson, SSC, and T Blair & Sons, solicitors, Dunfermline.

Five year ban for drunk driver



David Walls Stronach, engineer, was fined £30 and disqualified from driving for five years at Dunfermline Sheriff Court to-day.

Stronach, who admitted two previous convictions, pleaded guilty to having, on March 7 on the Torryburn-Dunfermline road, Cairneyhill. (1) driven a motor van without due care and attention and the van collided with and damaged a built-up area traffic sign: (2) been in charge of the motor van while under the influence of drink to such an extent as to be incapable of having proper control of the vehicle.

Crashed into Sign.

Mr R S Henderson, procurator fiscal, said last night occupants of a house at Cairneyhill heard the roar of a motor engine. Looking out, they saw a small van had crashed into the traffic sign.

They saw a man get out of the van and stagger about. He was obviously under the influence of drink.

Police officers found accused sitting in the car almost asleep. He was later examined by a doctor.

An agent, on accused’s behalf,’ said he had been under some considerable strain in recent months. Last night he had only about two or three whiskies and thought himself quite capable of driving.

The van was used in connection with his business. If he was disqualified, he would be more or less unable to carry on business.

Sheriff Hamilton admonished accused on the first charge and ordered his licence to be endorsed. On the second charge, he imposed a penalty of £20 and disqualified accused from obtaining a driving licence for five years.

He allowed a month to pay the fine with the alternative of sixty days’ imprisonment.

Tribute to Anti-Burghers

Dear blog reader

Cairneyhill is of note as it contains Scotland’s first anti-burgher Church so I thought this tribute to anti-burghers might be of interest.





Mr Thomas Shaw, who is no less a Churchman than a statesman, paid a very high tribute to the Anti-Burghers – that stern old sect from whom so much that is admirable in our Presbyterianism of today, has descended – in opening a sale of work in aid of Cairneyhill UF Church at Dunfermline on Friday.

Mr Shaw said he was brought up in Chalmers Street Church, which was Anti-Burgher, and was derived from those sturdy, noble men and women who, for a period of nearly a generation, tramped in support of Anti-Burgher principles from Dunfermline to Cairneyhill, which was the nearest undiluted source of the true and pure gospel in the district, and then, getting numerous, and he supposed getting tired and getting wealthy, they founded the old Chalmers Street Church, in which he had a vivid recollection of being severely chastised for privately playing marbles behind the cushion of the seat (Laughter).

Hard things had been said about the severe and stern people called the Anti-Burghers, but in the history of our country what did they stand for? In the first place, they stood for conscience at a time when it was not very easy to stand for conscience, and in the next place they stood for religious and civil freedom. Some people said they were divided. Yes, they were divided, because they dared to do their thinking for themselves, and not think as every other body thought. That was a characteristic which involved, no doubt, certain troublesome angularities in life, but which, after all, formed the fibre of what was best in Scottish nature and history. All honour, therefore, to those men who, under trying and sometimes sordid circumstances, stood for conscience and freedom in civil and religious affairs. It was in such soil that in later years the tide of civil freedom swept with a free course.

Bus Blaze




A member of Dunfermline Fire Brigade had a narrow escape from injuries on Sunday when the brigade was called to a fire which broke out in a motor bus near Dunfermline.

The bus, a 28-seater, belonging to Mr Dougald Mackay Miller, Cairneyhill, near Dunfermline, was being towed on the Cairneyhill-Torryburn Road in an effort to get it to start when it backfired and then burst into flames at Sunnyside Road.

The services of the fire brigade were at once requisitioned, and on their arrival, under Firemaster Tervit, the bus was blazing from end to end.

The firemen were handicapped by lack of water, and to obtain a supply had to take the engine about 200 yards down the Crombie Road to a small burn. They ran out a line of hose, which had to be carried through a wood, across the railway, and over a ploughed field.

When the firemen were striving to extinguish the fire the petrol tank exploded, and Fireman Hay narrowly escaped being caught by the flames.

The intensity of the blaze practically closed the road to traffic for a time.

Despite the efforts of the brigade, the bus, which had only been on the road for about six weeks, was destroyed, the damage being estimated at about £800.

Plane crash at Cairneyhill



Hundreds of people in Dunfermline area yesterday saw a naval pilot make a parachute escape from his plane before it dived earthwards and burst into flames in a field.

Before the pilot landed, farm hands were running to his help. He was taken to Dunfermline and West Fife Hospital suffering from leg and face injuries.

The plane, a Seafire from the Royal Naval Air Station at Donibristle, was piloted by Lieut. J D Sawyer. Some of the crash was near Pitconnachie Farm, between Crossford and Cairneyhill, a few miles to the west of Dunfermline.

An eye-witness said ‘The plane was travelling westwards at about 3000 feet. The engine started to make a terrific noise, then stopped, and just when I thought the plane was all right again I saw something drop. A yellow parachute opened and I could see the pilot hanging below.’

While the plane engine buried itself nine feet in one field the pilot floated to earth in another a hundred yards away.

Lieut. Sawyer received first-aid on the spot from Miss Weir, sister of Mrs McVicar, The Manse, Cairneyhill, who is a nurse. She was assisted by members of the NFS under company officer Pervil. Using a short ladder as a stretcher, the firemen, assisted by the police and farm hands, carried the injured man about half a mile to the nearest roadway. There an army truck was waiting to take him to hospital.

Last night the wreckage of the plane, strewn over a wide area, was still smouldering.

Lorry reverses into car



An accident in Main Street, Cairneyhill on October 1 near its junction with the road leading to Mire End Farm resulted in a motor lorry driver being fined £3 at Dunfermline Sheriff Court today.

Edward Brodie Blair, Main Street, Cairneyhill, admitted reversing a motor lorry without due care and attention and colliding with a motor car.

The injured were Thomas S Blair, Anita C S Blair, Ronald H M S Blair, Elizabeth R M Blair, all of 82 Myrtle Crescent, Kirkcaldy; Helen Ramsay or Thomson, 63 Westwood Avenue, Kirkcaldy; and Francis T Wilson, 13 Cairns Street, Kirkcaldy.

The car was damaged.

Fire at Cook’s Buildings




An alarming outbreak of fire took place last night at Dunfermline, a man being badly burned through his bed becoming alight.

The scene of the fire was Cook’s Buildings, Cairneyhill, and the man concerned was James Marshall, a painter, who resided in one of the top flats of the building.

Marshall, who is between 45 and 50 years of age, had been confined to bed for two years. The family were in the kitchen, and on opening the door of the room where Marshall lay discovered that the bed was alight.

Constable Norman Fraser, Cairneyhill, with the assistance of a neighbour, Mrs Davidson, and her daughter, promptly removed Marshall from bed and extinguished his burning clothing. They threw the burning bedclothes outside.

Apart from the bed, little damage was done by the outbreak.

Dispute in court over boundary stone



An extensive litigation, involving an apparently small issue, has been raised in the Dunfermline Sheriff Court at the instance of Wm. Fotheringham, retired market gardener, Cairneyhill, against John Drummond, some time contractor, 7 South Inglis Street, Dunfermline, and now residing at Cairneyhill.

The pursuer craved the Court to ordain the defender to restore a march stone [boundary stone] lying between the properties of the parties which the alleged defender had illegally removed. It was averred by the defender that the stone was entirely within his own ground, and that in removing it he acted within his rights.

Sheriff Umpherston was yesterday occupied the whole day hearing evidence. Placed on the solicitors’ table was the stone over which all the both was about. The point of dispute was in regard to the position which the stone occupied before being removed by the defender.

His Lordship made avizandum [that is, a judge’s decision to consider case privately before giving judgment].

Minister Released For Missionary Work



Presbytery of Dunfermline and Kinross at a special meeting today agreed to the release of Rev Roy [Robert] MacVicar from his charge at Cairneyhill, for work at Livingstonia Mission, Central Africa. Mr MacVicar will be accompanied by his wife and baby daughter. His wife was formerly a nurse in King’s Cross Hospital, Dundee.

An honours graduate of St Andrews University, Mr MacVicar had been temporarily minister at Kelty Oakfield and assistant at St Mary’s, Dundee. He has been two and a half years at Cairneyhill.