Visit Inverkeithing and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Inverkeithing, Fife. A royal burgh 3¾ miles South East of Dunfermline, Inverkeithing lies on the shore of the Firth of Forth and commands splendid views. It also occupies a position on the old route from North to South.
Agricola set up an encampment in A.D. 78 - 87, and the village probably grew up beside this strategic point. As early as 1165, a charter was granted by William the Lion, and thereafter trade increased and the royal burgh prospered. In 1651 a battle was fought between Cromwell's forces and the Scottish Royalist army, and this precipitated the southward march of the Royalists to Worcester. Inverkeithing was the meeting-place of the Court of the Four Burghs, until the evolution of the Convention of Royal Burghs, which had its first official meeting in Edinburgh in 1552.
In the 19th century, coal-mining provided a new trade in the town; 1893 brought papermills; and in 1922 a ship-breaking yard was established. Substantial parts of the old wall still stand. St Peter's Church was founded in the 12th century, but the l4th-century tower is all that survives of the original church which was burnt in 1825. The Gothic-style reconstruction of the following year contains a font of exceptional beauty and interest. Found buried in 1806 under the floor of the ground stage of the tower, it is thought to have been hidden at the Reformation. It bears the arms of Queen Annabella Drummond, wife of Robert III, who lived at the Hospitium of Grey Friars, part of which (dating back to the 14th century) still stands, and was traditionally given for the baptism of the Duke of Rothesay.
The Town House dates from 1770, but part of the building goes back as far as 1550. The Council Chamber contains original 18th-century chairs. The mercat cross, moved in 1799 from the High Street to the square owing to the traffic congestion, traditionally dates from 1398, and commemorates the marriage of the Duke of Rothesay.
Nearby towns: Burntisland, Cowdenbeath, Dalgety Bay, Dunfermline, North Queensferry, Queensferry, Rosyth
Nearby villages: Abercorn, Aberdour, Auchtertool, Blackness, Bridgend, Broxburn, Cairneyhill, Chapel, Charlestown, Crossford, Crossgates, Donibristle, Ecclesmachan, Fordell, Foulford, Halbeath, Kelty, Kingseat, Limekilns, Lochgelly, Low Torry, Oakley, Philpstoun, Pitreavie, Saline, St. Davids, Torryburn, Townhill, Uphall, Winchburgh
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