Friday, 20 November 2015

Fire in High Valleyfield and Death in Donibristle

In the Dunfermline Journal and Advertiser for West Fife 100 years ago this weekend (to be specific the 20 November 1915 issue)

Welcome all to my new blog post focussing on social history in Dunfermline 100 years ago!

A property destroyed by fire in High Valleyfield

Early on Thursday morning fire broke out in the coal cellar of a house in Abbey Crescent, High Valleyfield.  The house was tenanted by John Philp.  The fie took a firm grip of the boxes and other material in the coal cellar and notwithstanding the efforts at extinguishing by means of pailfuls of water it obtained masonry and before it was put out Philp's house and another adjoining were totally gutted.  Most of the furniture was saved.  The damage is established at between £300 and £400.  It is believed that the fire originated from a piece of burning paper which a woman was using in order to enable her to collect some coal.  The property belonged to the Fife Coal Company.

Donibristle - the late Mr Beath

Widespread regret has been caused by the announcement of the death of Mr Robert Beath who conducted a licensed grocer's establishment in Donibristle for 35 years and who only retired from business 18 months ago.  Mr Beath took a keen interest in all public affairs and acted as Chairman of Aberdour School Board for several years.  He had also a long period of service on the Parish Council and was on both these bodies at his death.  He superintended the Sabbath school in Donibristle for nearly 30 years and would have celebrated his golden wedding in a fortnight.  Some years ago Mr Beath was elected a JP for the county and up till his last illness he took an active part all the patriotic associations.  He leaves a family of four sons and four daughters.  He was 71 years of age.

Tune in next week to see what happened in Dunfermline next week 100 years ago ..........

Blog written by Jacqueline Hunter of Ancestral Research by Jacqueline, Dunfermline, Scotland. Please email me at if I can help you with your family history research.

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