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Anstruther, Fife. A seaport, market town, and burgh on the North coast of the Firth of Forth. Locally it is known as Ainster. The burgh was created from the amalgamation of two more ancient ones separated by the Dreel Burn, Anstruther Wester (with Cellardyke), a royal burgh of 1587, and Anstruther Easter, a royal burgh of 1583.
Anstruther Wester Church has been modernized, but retains a l6th-century bell-tower. Anstruther Easter's church was built in 1634. Its manse, older than the church (1590), is one of the oldest inhabited manses in Scotland. Anstruther Easter was the birthplace in 1780 of Dr Thomas Chalmers of revered memory. A great-hearted worker among the Glasgow poor in the early 19th century, this minister of the Kirk led the heroic act of Disruption (1843), which caused the founding of the Free Kirk, happily reunited with the Church of Scotland in 1929.
Modem Anstruther was essentially a fishing community until after the Second World War. The folk of the port caught the fish and undertook all sides of marketing and complementary industries. To a lesser extent they still do. But Ainster has become more of a holiday resort. With its rocky coastline and caves, with its situation in the eye of the sun, and with its old-fashioned charm, it allures holiday-makers from across the Firth.
The Isle of May is in the parish of Anstruther and can be visited by motor-boat.
Nearby towns: Leven, Lundin Links, St. Andrews
Nearby villages: Anstruther Easter, Boarhills, Cameron, Carnbee, Colinsburgh, Crail, Dunino, Earlsferry, Elie, Guardbridge, Kilconquhar, Kilrenny, Kingsbarns, Largo Ward, Lower Largo, New Gilston, Pitscottie, Pittenweem, Radernie, St. Monans, Strathkinness, Upper Largo
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