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What do you know about St Leonard, the patron saint of Kinghorn and its Royal Burgh status dating from the twelfth century?  See the History page on St Leonard

And so to Royal Burgh status…….

Kinghorn has been associated with the ancient royal Kings of Scotland since their Pictish and Celtic descendency.  There was a castle at Kinghorn (as part of the ‘Teeth of the Forth’ to repel invaders) and a royal residence, certainly from David I’s time.  Little remains of any of this after repeated sackings of the town in medieval times.  Royal Burgh status was granted by 1172 during the reign of King William the Lion.  Kinghorn is proud of this history and a group of local people has come together who would like to promote the Royal Burgh status of the town once more.

Since local government reorganisation in the 1970’s this designation has been lost, and the group wrote to ask the Lord Lyon how the Royal Burgh can be reinstated.

A very helpful reply has been received from the Lord Lyon and if the Kinghorn Community Council should agree to ask Fife Council to call itself the “Royal Burgh of Kinghorn Community Council” then road signage and other groups can use the Royal Burgh declaration.  Last Thursday the community council agreed to this course of action.

Following on from this the Kinghorn Coat of Arms can be amended to reflect the new status.

We look forward to a good result.

Marilyn Edwards

Contact details for the Community Centre Community Centre diary of classes The Bay Hotel at Pettycur Auld Hoose



The Auld Hoose

6-8 Nethergate,

Kinghorn, KY3 9SY

01592 890320

Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat Fundraising Branch are preparing for their first fundraising event of 2012. Songs on Saturday will be held on Saturday 28th January 2012, noon until 2.30pm.

This event will be held in Kinghorn Church Hall, and will feature local band Civil Folk. There will be a warming lunch of soup and sandwiches served, which is included in the ticket price.

This event is part of the RNLI’s national SOS day where people are challenged to hold a fundraising event with a SOS theme.

Kinghorn fundraising committee chairperson, Sheona Baxter said, ‘Civil Folk are a local band who provide a varied programme of entertainment including songs, stories and some sing-a-long tunes as well.

‘This is our first fundraising event of 2012, and it promises to be a fantastic event. Tickets are limited, so I would urge you to get one soon!

‘Events like this help fund the RNLI, and allow the volunteers to continue to save lives at sea. Kinghorn lifeboat has already launched on service twice in 2012, most recently on Saturday after small dinghy was spotted drifting off Dysart. The lifeboat located this vessel and returned it to Dysart harbour. Fortunately no one had been on board the dinghy.’

Tickets for our SOS event are available from Kinghorn Community Centre, the Glory Hole, and Dragon’s Den. They cost £5.50 and include lunch. All profits will go to the RNLI.

After a massive delay, during which time the stability of the Pettycur cliff face has been investigated, we may be getting to a point where it is accepted that the project can at last go ahead.  The consultants report is now received. It is surely inconceivable that the green light will not be given.  Fingers crossed!!