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James Braid – Open Golf Champion

James Braid (6 February 1870 – 27 November 1950) was born in Liberty the adjoining village to Earlsferry in 1870. He was known locally as “Jamie”. The house in which he was born is no longer there but it was where the garage was on the north side of Liberty…

Elie Shipyard

The Shipyard of William and John Steel There  is little doubt that there was a small ship yard in Elie from about the middle of the 18th Century until the middle of 19th Century.  There is little or no documentation or evidence of the size of the yard other than…

Elie Water Fountain/Pump

This is the entry in a website of ornamental fountains and it details the Elie Water Fountain.  It is claimed that the date is 1869 and that is engraved on the base.  However there was an earlier pump here as can be seen by the ordnance survey map of 1853…

2018 Exhibition – The Sands of Time at Elie

On 3-4 August the History Society is holding an exhibition in Elie Church Hall entitled “The Sands of Time in Elie”. The intention is to cover all aspects of the history of the beaches and their uses. For example, we will highlight the donkeys operated by Bob Haig, the CSSM,…

Polish Paratroopers

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Oh Dear Me / The Jute Mill Song

Of all the poems and songs that are associated with Mary Brooksbank, the Jute Mill Song or Oh Dear Me is probably the best known. Based on a single traditional verse, which she adapted as the chorus, she managed to capture a lot more about life than just the hardships…

Chairman’s Newsletter – May 2017

Chairmans Newsletter May 2017

Doom Park aka Dome Park Earlsferry

Dome or Doom Park Earlsferry The area of ground stretching from the top of the road at Chapel Green round the point as far as the road down to West Bay across the golf course and the area currently occupied by Earlsneuk and Craigforth houses was at one time the…

THE MARS TRAINING SHIP AND ELIE by Gordon Douglas

The ‘Mars Training Ship for Homeless and Destitute Boys’ was moored on the river Tay at Woodhaven harbour, Wormit, Fife from 1869 to 1929. The growth of major cities, due to the expansion of mills and the availability of thousands of jobs, drew in people from all over Scotland and…