An Illustrated History

by Carol McNeill

This book traces the story of Kirkcaldy harbour from its sixteenth-century royal connections, through the boom years of commercial shipping, to its recent rescue from dereliction by the international grain ships servicing the huge flour mill.

The six fully illustrated chapters cover the early days; the never-ending series of repairs and extensions, including plans for two new harbours which were never completed, the nineteenth century whaling industry, wealthy shipowners and their grand houses (three of which remain), imports and exports; and the present day.

Importantly, the book includes extracts from a never-before published local memoir that gives first-hand memories of John Paul Jones’ American ships in the Forth in 1778; the Kirkcaldy captain on a trade mission to Russia in 1801 when Tsar Paul I was assassinated; and a whaling captain’s description of his ship being frozen up in an Arctic winter.

This is well put together book backed up with good photographs. I think it may be the only book with the full history of the port and I would very highly recommend it.


Published by:

Amberley Publications,

The Hill,




Glos. GL5 4EP


Paperback: 234mm x 135mm, 96 pp illustrated

Price: £14.99



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