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Commemoration Panel page, where you will find additional names.
(And Wikipedia has a People from Burntisland page.)
Bald, William (c1788-1857) Pioneering cartographer, surveyor and civil engineer; significant contributor to the infrastructure of Ireland.
Chalmers, Thomas (1780-1847) Founder of the Free Church of Scotland.
Danskin, David (1863-1948) Founder of Arsenal Football Club.
Dick, William (1793-1866) Founder of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.
Forbes, George Hay (1821-75) Episcopal priest, distinguished scholar and publisher.
Hendrick, Petronella (1829-1917) Born into slavery in Suriname. Died in Burntisland, after many years as nanny to the children of Robert Kirke.
Kirke, Robert Prominent plantation and slave owner; Laird of Greenmount, Burntisland.
Mitchell, James Lothian
Notable local politician and
Part 1 (1863-1902) - Setting the Scene: The Early Years (includes photos of Burntisland School staff)
Part 2 (1903-06) - Battles with the Railway Company and the Sacking of the Headmaster
Part 3 (1904-07) - The Fight for the Public Library and the Visit of Andrew Carnegie (includes photo of the Brass Band)
Part 4 (1907-08) - The Purchase of Rossend Estate and the End of an Era (includes photos of the Volunteer Artillery)
Paterson, Aileen (1934-2018) Author and illustrator of the 'Maisie, the Morningside Kitten' books.
Pitcairn, Robert (1752-1770) Discoverer of Pitcairn Island. (Also includes information on his father, John Pitcairn (1722-75), citizen of Burntisland and war hero.)
Sargent, Anneila Distinguished astronomer of the present day.
Somerville, Mary (1780-1872) Pioneering mathematician and astronomer.
Sweet, Darrell (1947-99) Rock musician. (This external link will take you to Darrell Sweet's Wikipedia page.)
Young, Andrew (1854-1925) Early photographer, and artist and historian.
Young family (Grange, Colinswell) Distillers and farmers; local benefactors.
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