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21 Parish of Collessie.

Parish of Collessie: Collessie: Parish of Collessie: See Name Book of Plan 9D

"The eastern fort was called Agabatha, or marsh-field castle. This name was appropriate to its situation, as, within the last forty years, the field adjoining the little eminence called a castle, were a complete marsh, although now under cultivation. The eminence itself was surrounded by a ditch or moat, forming in a remote age this most efficacious kind of fortification. Several relics of antiquity have been found at this place. Among others a quern or hand mill of mica slate, a mineral not belonging to Fife. A number of coins also belonging to the reign of Edward I [First] of England were here turned up by the plough. They are the coinage of different towns as London, Canterbury and York, but are evidently all of the same reign." Stat: Acct: [Statistical Account] Page 29

" Near the inn of Trafalgar, and at about equal distance from it to the east and west are two spots of ground which tradition points out as having been ancient forts, or places of Strength. That to the east is a small eminence, which had at one time been surrounded with a ditch or moat, and was situate amidst a marsh or morass, now drained. Many relics of antiquity have here been found, and among others a quern or handmill of mica slate, a mineral which we believe is not found in Fife. A number of coins of Edward I [First] of England have also been turned up by the plough: but these can have no reference to the time when the fort was used as a place of strength." Leighton's Hist. [History of Fifeshire] Vol II [Volume 2] 109-110

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