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Burntisland, East Head

Fortification (17th Century)

Site Name Burntisland, East Head

Classification Fortification (17th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Burntisland Harbour; East Head Fort; Cromwellian Fort

Canmore ID 52797

Site Number NT28NW 29

NGR NT 2306 8548

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Fife
  • Parish Burntisland
  • Former Region Fife
  • Former District Kirkcaldy
  • Former County Fife

Archaeology Notes

NT28NW 29 2306 8548.

(NT 2306 8548) Elphinstone's plan of Burntisland, c.1745 shows a triangular-shaped fort at the SE corner of the harbour (NT28NW 30.00).

Information from J Elphinstone's Plan of Burntisland, scale 12 1/2 inches to 1 mile.

East Head Fort constructed c.1650 and still in existence in 1843, had 3 embrasures and was sited to resist landing parties.

A Young 1924.

A small portion of wall nearly semicircular shape of very strong masonry. The wall is between 3 and 4 feet thick, but some portions of it are nearly level with the ground. There is an old stone lighthouse (disused), in the OS 1st ed. map, on a part of it.

The site of this fort is now covered by harbour installations.

Visited by OS (A C) 11 March 1959.


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