Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for Kinghorn

Kinghorn, parl. and royal burgh, and par., with ry. sta., Fife, on Firth of Forth, 2¾ miles NE. of Burntisland and 3 miles S. of Kirkcaldy - par., 5212 ac., pop. 3650; royal burgh, pop. 1439; parl. burgh, pop. 1790; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank. The par. comprises the island of Inchkeith. Kinghorn is a royal burgh under a charter of Alexander III., who was killed at Kinghorn Ness, 12th March 1286, while riding from Inverkeithing to Kinghorn Tower. In 1881 two 18-ton guns were placed in battery on Kinghorn Ness, in connection with the fortifications of Inchkeith. The inhabitants of Kinghorn find employment in two flax-spinning mills, a. bleachfield, a glue factory, and an iron-shipbuilding yard. In the W. vicinity of the burgh is Kinghorn Loch. Kinghorn forms one of the Kirkcaldy District of Parliamentary Burghs, which returns 1 member.

(John Bartholomew, Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "parliamentary and royal burgh"   (ADL Feature Type: "cities")
Administrative units: Kinghorn ScoP       Fife ScoCnty
Place: Kinghorn

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