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Monday, 29 December 2008

Anstruther Easter Parish East Neuk of Fife Scotland

Anstruther Easter Parish, East Neuk of Fife, Scotland. " Anstruther Easter, a royal burgh, in the county of Fife, is twenty two miles east from Kirkcaldy and about ten miles south from St Andrews. It has an excellent harbour which is the chief asylum for vessels overtaken by storms in the Firth of Forth. It was a place of great importance before the union with England, carrying on an extensive trade with Holland and France; and, from its contiguity to Cellardyke, it is still one of the first fishing stations in Scotland. The trade is principally of a domestic nature; baking, brewing, tanning and fish-curing are the most prominent branches; but there is likewise a considerable proportion of business done in the export of grain, potatoes, etc: a number of coasters and several square-rigged vessels belong to the port; and a steam packet plies 3 times a week between it and Leith, conveying hence grain, fish, etc, and returning with merchants' goods. It is the station of a custom house whose district extends from Edenmouth to Largo Bay. Branches respectively of the National Bank of Scotland and the Eastern Bank of Scotland are settled here. The town is governed by three baillies, a treasurer and fifteen councillors elected under the Scotch Borough Reform Act. This burgh is united with St Andrew's, Cupar, Crail, Kilrenny, Anstruther Wester and Pittenweem in returning one member to parliament. It is worthy of note that Dr Chalmers, the celebrated orator and divine, and professor Tennant, author of Anster Fair, were natives of this town." From Slater's Directory published 1852.

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