We are currently researching the history of the Hotel and cannot find anything at all.We believe it once formed part of a school run by nuns but that is about it.We would love to hear from anyone who has any interesting facts or storie…
There has been a community at Inverkeithing since at least the fifth century AD, with a history that includes ship-breaking and other trades, through to the development of today's commuter town. Today the town has grown to grown to a population of nearly 5,500.Inverkeithing is a town and former royal burgh in Fife, Scotland, located on the Firth of Forth. According to population estimates (2006), the town has a population of 5,265. The port town was given burgh status by King David I of Scotland (1124-53) in the 12th century and is situated about 9 miles (15 km) north from Edinburgh Airport and about 4 miles from the centre of Dunfermline. Modern Inverkeithing is almost continuous with Rosyth and Dalgety Bay. Inverkeithing is an extremely well developing town and has many new housing sites including one next to the Town's Railway station.
The name is of Scottish Gaelic origin,Inbhir Ceitein. Inbhear mean 'confluence, inflow' thus 'mouth of the Keithing/Ceitein' or Inverkeithing. The Keithing is the name of a small river/burn that runs through the southern part of the town.
The parish church of St. Peter stands in its large churchyard on the east side of Church Street. The main part of the church is a large plain neo-Gothic 'preaching box' of 1826-27, but the western tower is 14th century. The traceried belfry openings are unusual. Built of soft sandstone, the tower is very weathered, and has been partially refaced. It is crowned by a lead spire with over-emphatic gabled dormers housing clock-faces (1835 and 1883). The church's roomy interior (now deprived of its galleries) is graced by a little-known treasure, one of the finest medieval furnishings to survive in any Scottish parish church. This is the large, extremely well-preserved, grey sandstone font of c 1398, which was rediscovered buried under the church, having been concealed at the Reformation. Its octagonal bowl is decorated with angels holding heraldic shields. These include the royal arms of the King of Scots, and of Queen Anabella Drummond (d. 1401), the consort of Robert III (1390-1406). The high quality of the carving is explained by it being a royal gift to the parish church, Inverkeithing being a favourite residence of Queen Anabella.
The town was also the last place that Alexander III (1241-86) was seen before he fell off his horse at Kinghorn. Some texts have said that he fell off a cliff. Although there is no cliff at the site where his body was found there is a very steep rocky embankment - which would have been fatal in the dark.
The town museum (open in summer) is housed in a late medieval building which was part of the claustral ranges of the town's Franciscan friary. This is one of the few remnants of a house of the Greyfriars to have survived in Scotland. In the garden behind the museum, some stone vaults survive which were probably storage cellars associated with the friary.
The Battle of Inverkeithing (20 July 1651) was fought in the area, close to Pitreavie Castle, during Oliver Cromwell's invasion of the Kingdom of Scotland following the Third English Civil War. This is considered of great importance to Clan MacLean, and the 20th century poet Sorley MacLean mentions Inverkeithing in one of his poems. The Russian admiral Samuel Greig was a native.
Inverkeithing is famous for its shipbreaking (Thos.W.Ward) yard. The 2nd RMS Mauretania and RMS Olympic were dismantled here (the 1st Mauretania was broken up a few miles away at Rosyth according to the article linked here).
Inverkeithing is bypassed by the M90 motorway. The M90 links Fife to Lothian and Edinburgh via the Forth Road Bridge. The town is served by Inverkeithing railway station. The town is a hub for the rail network to and from Fife - passengers traveling to Edinburgh are carried over the Forth Rail Bridge.
Here are just a few major events from the history of Inverkeithing.
AD400s - First church founded at Inverkeithing, by St Erat
1350 - Franciscan convent founded
c1400 - Mercat Cross erected
1651 - Battle of Inverkeithing
1679 - Fordell's Lodging built
1735 - Samuel Greig 'The father of the Russian navy' born in the building now known as the Royal Hotel
1754 - Town Hall rebuilt
1770 - Inverkeithing tollbooth built
1901- Inverkeithing Bowling club founded and exists to this day at the same location
1937- Titanic's sister ship Olympic's hull dismantled in inverkeithing.
1965 - Liner RMS 'Mauretania' dismantled at Inverkeithing.
1874 - Rotary Club of Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay founded
Now it's your turn!
That's the briefest of brief summaries, and hardly covers the most important dates. But this is where you come in. There's lots of interest in local history and lots of local knowledge out there - so why not share it here? To add to the time-line, all you have to do is click on the edit button.
Or perhaps you'd like to start your own article about another aspect of Inverkeithing history? You can do that, too. There must also be a wealth of wonderful photographs of old Inverkeithing - maybe even some video of more recent events - and those are more than welcome here.Post it all here, and let's see if we can really chronicle the history of Inverkeithing in a way we can all share!