List of names as written Various modes of spelling Authorities for spelling Situation Description remarks
Mr. R. Wyld. Provost
Mr. A. White. Bailie
Mr. E. Johnston. Late Teacher
002 ; 003 [Continued from previous page] U. P. [United Presbyterian] Church. A Parish School, Town Hall, Post Office and a subscription Library containing several hundred Volumes. It contains very few objects of antiquity or interest, in the N. [North] end of the town is the remains of the Carmelite Church founded in 1335 by the Lairds of Dundas. The only public work is the Glenforth Distillery near the Harbour which gives employment to a number of hands, and the chief employment of the inhabitants is herring and other fishing in the season. There is also a Brewery, but it is not now in operation. Queensferry was once for its Soda & Soap manufactures, but these establishments have long ago disappeared. There are three public fountains in the town supplied with water from a reservoir on the heights above which together with a small bleaching green were the gift of the Earl of Roseberry in 1817 which is recorded in a public inscription, which together with the towns Arms, on the Fountain at the TownHall. There is a Small Gas Works, but the place is badly lighted and subscriptions have to be raised amongst the inhabitants for this purpose the Borough having insufficient fundS. The Town Council consists of A Provost, Town Clerk, two Bailies and Six Councillors. There is also a procurator Fiscal. The Town Hall contains a Lockup where prisoners Can only be detained for One night & then sent to Linlithgow. It has the privilege of returning a Member to Parliament in connection with Stirling, InverKeithing, Culross and Dunfermline. There is a gathering takes place here on the 9" of August for rural sports & Horse racing which is designated a fair but it does not deserve the name as there is no market for any Kind of Stock, nor is it mentioned as a fair in any Almanack. There is a curious custom here the origin of which is not Known. It is Called the "Burryman" and the night before the games a boy dressed for the occasion and Stuck all over with burr (thistle or Burdock) parades the town followed by a Crowd with music &c.

For historical detail see Statistical [Accounts] & Penneys History of Linlithgowshire
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[note] For historical detail see Statistical [Accounts] & Penneys History of Linlithgowshire
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