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Dunfermline, Fife

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Dunfermline, Fife

Dunfermline is a town and former Royal Burgh in Fife, Scotland, on high ground 3 miles (4.8 km) from the northern shore of the Firth of Forth. According to a 2010 estimate, Dunfermline has a population of 48,240, making it the second-biggest settlement in Fife. The area around Dunfermline became home to the first settlers in the Neolithic period, but did not gain recognition until the Bronze Age as a place of importance.
Post townDUNFERMLINE
Administrative CountyFife
Traditional CountyFife
OS GridNT1087
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Region
CountryScotland
Police AuthorityFife
Fire and Rescue AuthorityFife
Fire and Rescue AuthorityFife
Ambulance AuthorityScottish
Dialling code01383
Population46,430
 

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

Dumfermline ~ Dumfermling ~ Dunfermling

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

Dunfermline, parl. and royal burgh, manufacturing town, and par., Fifeshire, 3 miles N. of Firth of Forth, 16 miles NW. of Edinburgh, 42 NE. of Glasgow, and 416 NW. of London -- par., 20,764 ac., pop. 26,568; royal burgh, pop. 19,915; parl. burgh and town, pop. 17,084; P.O., T.O., 5 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-day, Tuesday; has table linen mfrs., iron and brass foundries, soap-works, and dyeworks, and in the vicinity are extensive coal mines. Dunfermline was early a favourite residence of the Scottish kings; the Benedictine Abbey, founded by Malcolm Canmore (1070-1093), was their burial-place from the end of the llth to the middle of the 14th century; it is represented chiefly by the Abbey Church, underneath the pulpit of which are the remains of King Robert Bruce. The last royal occupant of the Palace was Charles II., who there signed the Solemn League and Covenant. Dunfermline unites with Stirling, Inverkeithing, Queensferry, and Culross in returning 1 member to Parliament.

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