About Burntisland.Net

Site navigation - please use menu on left (click here to display it if not visible). If problems, use site map.

This website is owned by me - Iain Sommerville, a resident of Burntisland. It was started as a personal hobby in the early months of 2000. At that time there wasn't a great deal of online information available about Burntisland, and I had some material which could be uploaded fairly quickly. The website has grown considerably since then. Many of the additions (including a lot of photos) have come from visitors, and I'm very grateful to everyone who has contributed.

In March 2010, I decided to make some improvements. The colour scheme was freshened up and the contents reorganised. The navigation was significantly improved by the introduction of javascript fly-out menus. A guestbook and a more powerful search engine were added, both in-house. I'm grateful to Ian Archibald for allowing me to use one of his photos as the basis of the banner at the top of each page (to see a larger version of the original photo, please click here - opens in a new window).

In November 2011, I made changes to the 'Recent Photos'. I removed the collection of 66 low resolution photos and in their place added 349 higher resolution photos, divided into nine categories. At the same time I added thumbnails to the 'Old Photos' page. In the same month, because of constraints on server capacity and bandwidth usage, the website was moved to a new hosting company.

The website also now includes a section which is the official web presence of Burntisland Heritage Trust. In addition, I try to keep the local links page comprehensive and up to date.

The website has always been, and will remain, non-commercial. However, as there are frequent searches of the website for accommodation, I've included links on the local links page to separate accommodation directories which include Burntisland.

I should add that I am a Trustee of Burntisland Heritage Trust. However, this website pre-dates my becoming a Trustee and continues as before - as an independent and broadly based project.

Addendum: in April 2017, I transferred some personal family history pages to a self contained corner of this website. They include information on the Japps of Dalgety Parish; Dr James Mitchell (1793-1869) of New South Wales; and James Lothian Mitchell (1863-1908) of Burntisland. They can be viewed by clicking here.

Contact details.

Technical notes

Website design, testing, and known problems:
This website has been designed using screen resolutions of 1024x768, 1280x720 and 1366x768, and has been tested with other resolutions. The only problem which has been reported to me is a very slight truncation of the contents of inline frames with a screen resolution of 1920x1080.
The website has been tested using Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Edge and Opera; and also the most popular tablet browsers. It appears to work well with all PC browsers, and satisfactorily with the most popular tablet browsers.
A common problem is that, when you try to view the latest version of a page, you get an old version. This is usually caused by the browser settings. The simplest remedy is to re-load the page, but that doesn't always work. The best solution is to change the browser settings, so that the browser always loads the most recent version of the page.

Website display: One of the easiest ways to change the way a webpage is displayed is to use the browser's 'Zoom' setting. This can be found on the 'View' menu of Internet Explorer and Firefox. It is the easiest way to change the size of the text.

Bookmarking pages: This site uses frames, and the usual method of bookmarking individual pages will probably not work. I haven't found a way to bookmark pages with Chrome, Opera or Edge, but here's how to do it with Firefox and Internet Explorer:

  • With Firefox - right click on the page you want to bookmark; select 'This Frame', and then 'Bookmark This Frame'.
  • With Internet Explorer - right click on the page you want to bookmark; then select 'Add to Favorites...'.
  • If you have problems with the website:
    If you have problems displaying the main menu, you can use the site map instead.
    If you have any difficulties using the website, or if you spot any errors in the content, I'd be very grateful if you could email me (please click on name): (or use contact page). Many thanks!

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