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Monday, 29 December 2008

Auchterderran Parish Fife Scotland

Auchterderran Parish, Fife, Scotland. " Auchterderran parish is bounded by Ballingry, Beath, Abbotshall, Auchtertool, Dysart, Kinglassie and Kinross-shire. It is about five miles long by three miles wide. About three quarters of the land is under cultivation and everything connected with agriculture has made great progress during the last ten or twelve years. Coal and ironstone are extensively worked. At Lochgelly Station there are four furnaces for smelting the ore, although recently the industry has been dull. The principal village is Lochgelly, small portions of it also being in the parishes of Beath and Ballingry. There are also villages at Cardenden and Clunie. The parish church is in the hamlet of Auchterderran; there is a chapel of ease in Lochgelly where there are also a Free Church and a UP Church. In the same village are a number of Roman Catholics who meet fortnightly in Littlejohn’s Hall. A small number of Mormons also worship in the same place. " Edited from Westwood's Directory for the counties of Fife & Kinross published 1862.

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