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Kilrenny is a village in Fife, Scotland. Part of the East Neuk, it lies immediately to the north of (but inland and separate from) Anstruther on the south Fife coast. The name may derive from the Scottish Gaelic Cill Reithneach, meaning 'church of the bracken'. Alternatively, the '-renny' element may perpetuate a worn down form of Etharnán or Itharnán, an early churchman who 'died among the Picts' in 669 according to the Annals of Ulster.
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Kilrenny, Fife in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)
Kilrenny, parl. and royal burgh, and par., Fife, on Firth of Forth - par., 3776 ac., pop. 3198; royal burgh, pop. 2730; parl. burgh and town, pop. 2759; P.O.; the royal burgh consists of two parts - the small rural vil. of Upper Kilrenny, and the important fishing vil. of Cellardyke or Nether Kilrenny, 1½ m. NE. and 1 m. E. of Anstruther sta.; the town forms part of Anstruther; the parl. burgh is one of the St Andrews District of Parliamentary Burghs, which returns 1 member.
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