Sources of information on the history of Burntisland
The following tables have links to the main sources of data on Burntisland's history, plus a page of notes
for family history researchers.
Information available on this web site
It's worth trying a search of this website. You never know what you might find!
Burntisland Heritage Trust The Trust holds regular summer exhibitions of general interest at its premises at 4 Kirkgate, Burntisland. During the exhibitions, the public also have access to the extensive holdings of pictures, scrapbooks and other material.
Bibliography A list of publications
about Burntisland. Most of these are available
in Kirkcaldy Central Library (see below) and
some of them in Burntisland Library (also see
Fife Council Archives A listing of the papers of Burntisland
Town Council and related organisations, from
the period 1689 to 1975. There is also a link to Fife Council Archives' own website, where you can browse for other Burntisland material.
National Records of
extensive holdings include Burntisland church
records, valuation rolls, maps and plans, wills,
land records, court records, records of taxes,
and the papers of the Burntisland Shipbuilding
Company and the North British Railway Company. The ScotlandsPeople records are also now their responsibility.
Historic Environment Scotland
Comprehensive information and images relating to everything from individual houses to cities. They are also now responsible for the CANMORE database has details of many of Burntisland's historic buildings.
Registers of Scotland The custodians of information on ownership of Scotland's land and properties. They will carry out property searches, and have a facility on their web site for ordering copies of old title deeds. The deeds themselves are held by the National Records of
(see above) and can be examined by visiting NRS.
Central Library The holdings include most of
the publications listed in the Bibliography, old photographs
and maps, microfilm copies of local newspapers
(notably the Fife Free Press 1871 to date, and
the Fifeshire Advertiser 1845 to 1965), and copies
of family history source material such as censuses
and parish registers.
has some historical information, including lending
copies of the most popular books on Burntisland's
Museum & Art Gallery As
well as having many Burntisland artefacts in
storage, the Museum holds a large collection
of photographs of Burntisland.
Cemeteries and Burial
has three cemeteries: the churchyard of the Kirkton Church
in Church Street; the churchyard of the Parish Church
in East Leven Street; and the new cemetery (opened about
1885) in Kinghorn Road. For more information, please see 'Deaths and burials' on the Family History page.