Falkland  Fife


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Falkland like this:

Falkland, ancient royal burgh, small town, and par. (ry. sta. Falkland Road, 2½ miles SE.), Fifeshire, at N. foot of East Lomond Hill, 22 miles NW. of Edinburgh --par., 8265 ac., pop. 2698; royal burgh, pop. 972; town, pop. 1068; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank; has some weaving and flax-spinning. Falkland was constituted a royal burgh by James II., 1458. ...

In Falkland Castle, originally a stronghold of the earls of Fife, David, Duke of Rothesay, eldest son of Robert III., was imprisoned and starved to death, 1402. Falkland Palace is supposed to have been begun by James II.; it was completed by James V., who died there, 1542. It had a fine park with abundance of deer, and was a frequent residence of James VI.; the oaks of the park were cut down by Cromwell to build a fort at Perth. In 1715 Falkland Palace was garrisoned by Rob Roy. What remains of it has been renovated, and it is now occupied as a dwelling-house. A little W. of the town is Falkland House, seat; 1 m. E. is Newton of Falkland, vil.

Falkland through time

Falkland is now part of Fife district. Click here for graphs and data of how Fife has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Falkland itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Falkland in Fife | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 25th January 2022

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