East Wemyss  Fife


In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described East Wemyss like this:

Wemyss, East, a village in Wemyss parish, in the S of Fife, is situated on the shore, about 1 mile SSW of Buckhaven, and 1½ NE of West Wemyss. It has a station, called Wemyss Castle, on the branch railway, opened in 1881, between Thornton and Buckhaven. Its houses are well built and comfortable; and its whole appearance is above the average of villages on the E coast. ...

The red-tiled roofs give it an exceedingly picturesque appearance, as seen from a little distance. The pretty cemetery occupies the summit of a well-wooded elevation, a little to the NE. The parish church, an old cruciform building, estimated to hold about 1000 persons, stands near the centre of the village; and the Free church, an unassuming edifice, seated for 380, at the W end. There are two public schools at East Wemyss, already noted under the parish. An ornamental cottage hospital was erected by Mr R. G. Erskine Wemyss in 1883 at a cost of £1200. It contains a surgical and two medical wards, with 24 beds in all, besides accommodation for nurses. There is a reading-room in the village, with a library attached. There is a small brewery at East Wemyss, but the chief industry of the place is the manufacture of ducks, dowlas, sheetings, and dyed linens, carried on in an old-established factory employing 200 hands, and capable of turning out 2, 500, 000 yards of cloth annually. Pop. (1831) 753, (1861) 799, (1871) 777, (1881) 846.

East Wemyss through time

East Wemyss is now part of Fife district. Click here for graphs and data of how Fife has changed over two centuries. For statistics about East Wemyss itself, go to Units and Statistics.

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of East Wemyss in Fife | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 08th December 2021

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