Dunfermline is one of the oldest settlements in Scotland. As
well as the ancient abbey, there is also evidence of Iron and even Bronze Age
settlements on the site.
The abbey pictured here dates back over 900 years to the time
of King Malcolm and Queen Margaret, later Saint Margaret. The town was the
capital of Scotland for more than 500 years and the ruins of the ancient palace
adjoin the abbey complex.
Today's abbey is dominated by the modern parish church which
bears the name 'King Robert The Bruce' around its central tower. This great hero
of Scotland was buried beneath the abbey, and his heart was removed and send to
Melrose abbey in the Borders. When the parish church was built in 1821 his body
was re-interred beneath the pulpit of the abbey. His final resting place is now
marked with a spectacular brass plaque.
In more recent times, the town was the birthplace to Andrew Carnegie who spent his early childhood in Dunfermline before emigrating to the 'new world' of America with his family. He later made his millions in the Pittsburgh steel industry, then
returned to gift many of the towns greatest treasures including the Carnegie
Hall, Pittencrieff Park and the towns central library. He also founded many
universities and colleges around the world including Dunfermline's Lauder
College and Carnegie Mellon University in the USA.
Related Web Sites
Culross is a small village in West Fife which boasts many
historical buildings - some dating back to the 16th and 17th Century. As well as
photos of these buildings, the site also contains information on local events,
places to stay in the village, as well as local business. You can also view
pictures of the village on our Pictures Page.
Ebenezer Henderson's definitive tome on the history of the
town examines in some detail the history of the area from 1069 to 1873. This web
version was created because the authors failed to find a publisher who was
interested in republishing this extensive, and very informative work.
The cottage where Carnegie was born was extended to house a
museum of his life. The original cottage houses a display depicting life in the
typical weavers cottage, which is where Carnegie was born.
The Abbot House is where the Abbots of Dunfermline once
stayed. It has recently been completely refurbished and now houses a visitors
centre which details the history of both the town and the building itself. There
is also a small café and gift shop.