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Kinglassie (Gaelic: Cille MoGhlasaidh) is a small village in central Fife, Scotland.It is located 0.5 miles to the southwest of Glenrothes. The population of the village was recorded as 1,320 in the 2001 census.

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History

Kinglassie's development during the late 19th and early 20th Century was marked by its rapid expansion to house mine workers. The Kinglassie Pit closed in 1967. The Westfield open cast coal mine lies to the west of the village and is still regarded as the biggest man-made hole in Europe by local people.

Glastian of Kinglassie B (AC) (also known as Glastian of MacGlastian) Born in County Fife, Scotland; died at Kinglassie (Kinglace), Scotland, in 830. As bishop of Fife, Saint Glastian mediated in the bloody civil war between the Picts and the Scots. When the Picts were subjugated, Glastian did much to alleviate their lot. He is the patron saint of Kinglassie in Fife, and venerated in Kyntire (Benedictines, Husenbeth).

Local landmarks

Blythe's Tower, built 1812, is a four storey square tower, 15.8 m (54 ft) high, built of random rubble with ashlar string courses and a crenellated parapet. It is currently a category B listed building. The tower interior was formerly floored to afford access to an observation platform. The tower was built by a linen merchant in order to view ships as they entered the Forth, affording the merchant the opportunity to procure the best goods at port. During World War Two, the tower was used as a look out tower by the home guard.

The Dogton Stone, dating from around 800AD, is believed to commemorate a major battle between the Picts and the Scots. The Mitchell Hall, built 1896, was donated to the community by a local farmer. It is used by local community groups, and is an asset to the wider Fife community.

Culture

The Kinglassie & District Pipe Band was reformed in 1982. It is currently in Grade 4a and its members are mostly of school age.

Notable people

Sir William Reid (b. April 25, 1791, Kinglassie - d. October 31, 1858, London, England), governor of Bermuda (1839-46), Barbados (1846-48), and Malta (1851-58); knighted 1851.

Jimmy Bonthrone, footballer and manager: born Kinglassie, Fife 16 June 1929; played for East Fife 1947-58, Dundee 1958-60; manager, East Fife 1963-69, Aberdeen 1971-75; general manager, East Fife 1980-94; married (two sons); died Kirkcaldy, Fife 7 June 2008.

Alan Murray, founder of Alan Murray Architects lauded Edinburgh Architectural firm

Coordinates: 56°10′N 3°14′W / 56.167°N 3.233°W / 56.167; -3.233

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