The Legal Fraternity
Elie and Earlsferry have always been associated with the legal fraternity from both Edinburgh and Glasgow. So much so it is often referred to as ‘QC on Sea’!
The most famous village person must surely have been the late Lord Rodger of Earlsferry who took his title and put the village firmly on the legal map. He had a property at Earlsknowe (which is rather ironic really because this is in Kilconquhar parish) and was a frequent but unobtrusive visitor. Other Senators of the college of justice with a connection Elie – Lord Hill Watson and Lord Milligan were members of the golf club and R.S. Johnston who became Lord Kincraig owned a house in Earlsferry for many years taking his judicial title from the links of Kincraig aka the golf course!
The late Sheriff Ian Dickson the Sheriff at Hamilton and a regular Elie summer visitor and all his children have returned year after year.
The late Sheriff Maurice Rose formerly of Aberdeen had an establishment here.
Sheriff Harry Pirie a Sheriff in Glasgow although he lived in Lenzie came regularly usually during July but he had a strong connection with Elie his wife Jean (Nee Jardine) family lived in the Blue House in South Street.
Sheriff Bobby Dickson from Airdrie is the eldest son of Sheriff Ian Dickson. He has owned property in Elie for many years.
Sheriff Alistair Duff Sheriff in Dundee has a property in Elie.
Sheriff Max Hendry Sheriff in Kirkcaldy has a property in Elie but does not live here permanently.
Lord Burns has a very strong connection with Elie having been brought up in Davaar along with his two brothers and sister. One of his brothers, Neil lives here almost.
Various Queens Counsel Junior Counsel and eminent solicitors also have properties in Elie. No wonder it was once described as the “NEW TOWN in Fife”…capitals deliberate not to confuse it with Glenrothes. I supposed if you have a legal problem you will be happy to receive 20 odd conflicting pieces of advice of whether to sue or not to sue…..