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Salmon Fishing in the Forth

This article is based upon the experiences of Jimmy Linton, who had the concession for salmon fishing from the Crown Estates. “I started the salmon fishing the 1950s, it having been done by Johnston’s of Montrose before then. I paid £5 per year to the Crown Estates for the right…

Terras’s Shoe Shop

For many years Terras’s Shoe Shop in Elie was well-known for being able to produce the right shoes to fit almost any foot (and usually also the left foot!).  Many Elie visitors during the summer patronised Terras’s shop but what was the origin and history of this business? Lindsay Terras,…

Cumming the Grocer

Edited by Graham Johnston This article is based upon conversations with Anne and Robin the grandchildren of the original Robert Cumming and their memories of the shop and their grandparents. Robin starts “I very well remember my grandfather’s shop in Earlsferry High Street – Robert Cumming the grocer was his…

The Firm of William Fraser

By Zena Walker Zena says “My father’s business started in 1945. He came from Wishaw originally but he left Wishaw and first of all came to Leven where he worked as an electrician at the foundry. He used to do repairs for people and would go to their houses. He…

PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS: Shops & businesses circa 1930s

By Julia Campbell [nee Crombie]. b. Elie 1922 Small Shops, Elie 1930s – High Street from Station Menzies – Bookstall at the Station Sweet Shop Shoe Shop – Terras Butchers Shop – McCallum then Hughes Greigs – Garage Shop Graham – Bakers Drapers – Miss Betts two sisters owned this shop…

Elie Post Office

Post Office The first Post Office opened in Elie in 1797 (possibly in Rankeillor Street, formerly Post Office Wynd). The replacement was build on to Westerlea in Links Place and operated from 1905–2008. ELIE became a POST TOWN in 1797. Stamp canceller No.135 allocated 1844. By 1845 Elie sub office…