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Pittenweem, Fife

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Pittenweem, Fife

Pittenweem is a small and secluded fishing village and civil parish tucked in the corner of Fife on the east coast of Scotland. According to the 2006 estimate, the village has a population of 1,600. At the 2001 census, the parish had a population of 1,747. The name derives from Pictish and Scottish Gaelic. "Pit-" represents Pictish pett 'place, portion of land', and "-enweem" is Gaelic na h-Uaimh, 'of the Caves' in Gaelic, so "The Place of the Caves".
Administrative CountyFife
Traditional CountyFife
OS GridNO5402
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityFife
Fire and Rescue AuthorityFife
Fire and Rescue AuthorityFife
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01333
Population1,747 (2001)

Other names by which Pittenweem, Fife has been known in the past

Pitten Ween

Pittenweem, Fife in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Pittenweem, parl. and royal burgh, seaport town, and par. with ry. sta., Fife, on the Firth of Forth, 1½ m. W. of Anstruther and 3½ m. NE. of Elie - par., 663 ac., pop. 2119; parl. and police burgh, pop. 2087; royal burgh, pop. 2116; town, pop. 2090; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks; belonged originally to the priory (12th century), of which some ruins remain, and was made a royal burgh in 1542. A large number of the inhabitants are employed in the fisheries. Pittenweem is one of the St Andrews Burghs, which return 1 member to Parliament.

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