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List of names as written Various modes of spelling Authorities for spelling Situation Description remarks
INVERKEITHING [burgh] Inverkeithing
Inverkeithing
Inverkeithing
Inverkeithing
Mr Spittal (Provost)
Mr. Miller (Baillie)
Mr. Alexander (Baillie)
Mr. Fraser (Town Clerk)
039 A very old Royal Borough perhaps the oldest in Scotland it received its 1st Charter from William the Lion about the year 1170. This Town has many great privileges which it can no longer boast of, having lost them or thrown them away, and is now dwindled into insignificance. It being a small Seaport, adjoining a Mineral district, commands a little export trade in Coals, the coals shipped here are principally from Halbeath colliery, and are said to be excellent for Steam purposes - The Town is by no means in a thriving state, scarcely a modern house to be seen, the houses where the Earl of Morton, Earl of Rosebery & Claverhouse once resided, are still used as dwellings, likewise a small portion of the Grey Friars Monastery - The population are generally Mechanics, as Smiths, Masons &c. and numbers about 1850 Souls - There are 2. Churches Several Schools, Townhall, library, Bank &c. The Borough has its own Magistrates viz Provost & 1st & 2nd Bailies. also 9 Councillors. Letters delivered & forwarded 3 times a day.

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33 Inverkeithing Parish

[Quotation -Inverkeithing]
" Inverkeithing is a Royal Burgh of very ancient date. The constituency of it for parliamentary elections is about 57 for the elections of town - councillors, about 26. It sends a Member to parliament along with Culross, Queensferry Stirling and Dunfermline." New Stat. [Statistical] Account

[Note - pencil - Inverkeithing] A Small Portion is more than a Site and if Ruin be a portion, "Remains of Grey Friars Monastery" would be better than "Site of a Monastery" the indefinite article should not be used where history testifies to the nature of the edifice and the place in which it stood. o,m,o [Ordnance Map Office]

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The constituency figures are not clear, and should be checked against the New Statistical Account quoted.

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