A brief history of Dalgety Bay

The modern town of Dalgety Bay may only have a relatively brief history as a private enterprise new town, but the area where today's community stands has a much longer history.

1178 - First record of settlement at Dalgety

1567 - Fordell Castle built

1752 - St David's Harbour constructed

1830 - New St Bridget's church built

1858 - Donibristle House destroyed by fire

1890 - Dalgety Bay railway station opened

1962 - Modern town of Dalgety Bay founded as 'Enterprise Town'

1974 - Rotary Club of Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay opened

1981 - New Dalgety Church built

Now it's your turn!

That's the briefest of brief summaries, and hardly covers the most important dates. But this is where you come in. There's lots of interest in local history and lots of local knowledge out there - so why not share it here? To add to the time-line, all you have to do is click on the edit button.

Or perhaps you'd like to start your own article about another aspect of Dalgety Bay history? You can do that, too. There must also be a wealth of wonderful photographs of old Dalgety Bay - maybe even some video of more recent events - and those are more than welcome here.

Post it all here, and let's see if we can really chronicle the history of Dalgety Bay in a way we can all share!


Marcus Stout says

I wonder what it would have felt like to be around at the settlement in 1178.

I live in Dalgety Bay now but the school which I went to - The High School of Dundee www.highschoolofdundee.co.uk/dates its origins back to the thirteenth century when the Abbot of Lindores was instructed to build a grammar school in the burgh of Dundee.

It is really of no consequence but it just goes to show that you can never be absolutely sure of what's going to happen in the future - possibly that is a good thing? - stay cool!

Alasdair McFarlane says

My earliest memory of Dalgety Bay goes back to 1967 when myself and countless others accompanied by parents, brothers etc first learned to drive a car on what was then the remains of the old Donibristle aerodrome.

Alasdair McFarlane says

Does anybody remember the period circa 1971 when three petrol stations were available within a short distance of each other? Two (Shell) were opposite each other roughly where Inverkeithing High School playing fields are now sited. Then there was the ESSO garage much used by RN vehicles from Rosyth Dockyard at weekends sited where the west bound (Edinburgh) platform of Dalgety Bay railway station is now.

steven whyte says

I used to stay with my grandparents in the early seventies when my Grandfather was a planner for Dalgety Bay and his office was the wooden building which is now the art club.I can recall going into the old stables and up the tower then visited a bloke in donibristle house who i think was the caretaker. Can also remember the old petrol stations and the one nearest Dalgety had some bloke there who was into Karting. My grandparents moved into a house in Crammond Place overlooking the Bay and can vaguely remember watching it being built.....must have been 1973.

 

 

 

 

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