Photographically illustrated history of old Buckhyne (Buckhaven), which is said to have been settled by Norwegians in the 9th century.
The Norse are said to have named it ‘Buc’ [to roar] ‘Hyne’ [harbour] meaning ‘roaring harbour’, but an 18th century minister of the parish of Wemyss records that it was settled in the 16th century by Netherlanders stranded there.
Whatever the origins, Buckhaven was originally chiefly a fishing village with related industry of boat building and net making, later industries include weaving and coal mining.
Includes histories of the harbour, establishment of a fire brigade, a lifeboat station and a railway station. Includes bibliography.
Revised edition 2002 & 2014
Compiled and published by: Frank Rankin