A (very) brief history of Culross

  • Culross Abbey
  • The Town House
  • Bust of Admiral Thomas Cochrane

With its 17th century buildings and cobbled streets, Culross is seen by many as a living history lesson.

Here are just a few key points in the development of the village

5th Century AD - St Serf founds a monastery in the village.
6th Century AD - Birth of St Kentigern in Culross. Kentigern later settled in what is now Glasgow and was named Mungo, meaning "Dear One".
c1217 - Malcolm, 6th Earl of Fife, founds the Abbey, dedicated to St Mary and St Serf.
1588 - Culross is awarded Royal Burgh status by James VI
1597-1611 - Palace built by local merchant Sir George Bruce.
1626 - Town House built

1775 - Admiral Thomas Cochrane born. Scotland's greatest naval hero spent his formative years in Culross and his bust stands in the town.
1932 - The National Trust for Scotland takes over some of the historic buildings in the town, including the Town House, which now hosts its visitor centre.

1976 - Culross Festival Committee founded.

Now it's your turn!

Above are just a few important dates - there's far more to the heritage of the Royal Burgh.

There's a lot of interest in local history, and lots and lots of local knowledge. And here's your chance to tell everyone about it.

If you have an interest in the history of Culross - either in general or in specific points - then you can post it here.

How about a biography of seaman and adventurer Thomas Cochrane, for example, or benefactor Sir George Bruce? Or an account of the development of the local mines?

Or how about some more recent history? There must be many, many pictures of the village from throughout the 20th century - why not post them here, and ask other people what they remember?

s1culross is your site, so be one of the first to help build it!


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