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Markinch War Memorial Addendum

I posted some photographs of the nearest War Memorial (Markinch) to Son of the Rock Acres here. I did not at the time post details of the dedications.

Great War dedication, “To the glory of God and in memory of the men from Markinch who laid down their lives in the Great War 1914 – 1919” below carved figure of St George.

Markinch War Memorial, Great War  Dedication and St George.

World War 2 dedication, “Remember also those who laid down their lives in the Second World War 1939 – 1945,” plus names of the fallen below carved figure of St Drostan:-

Markinch War Memorial WW2 Dedication and St Drostan

Surround stones. These display the names of the Great War dead on their internal faces:-

Markinch War Memorial, Surround Stones

Haig Memorial, Ladybank

Field Marshal Earl Haig‘s family were the proprietors of Haig whisky. Their Ramornie House was near the town of Ladybank (see the two previous posts) and even had their own waiting room at the local Railway Station, though it was built by a previous onwer of the Ramornie Estate.

Their whisky distillery was a few miles away in Markinch.

There are two memorials to the Field Marshal in Ladybank.

Haig Memorial Gates, Ladybank. The inscription reads, “These pillars and chains were erected by the ex-service men of Ladybank and district to the glorious memory of Field-Marshal Earl Haig.” Ladybank War Memorial is in the background:-

Haig Memorial Gates, Ladybank

The Haig Memorial Garden lies behind Ladybank’s War Memorial. This is how the garden looked in 2018:-

Haig Memorial Garden, Ladybank

Information Board, Haig Memorial Garden:-

Information Board Haig Memorial Garden, Ladybank

A plaque on the wall gives the information that the gardens were refurbished in 1993 and re-opened by Menzies Campbell, then the local MP:-

Refurbishment Plaque Haig Memorial Gardens, Ladybank

St Drostan’s Markinch

I’ve posted photos of St Drostan’s – aka Markinch Parish Church – before.

The kirk has a twelfth century tower. Archæological investigations have been ongoing recently resulting in this information board showing its possible construction and some details of the stonework.

Information Board St Drostan's Markinch

A very short discussion on the archæological findings is here.

At the top of the entrance steps up to the kirk is an outbuilding, I think it’s the Session House, which has this unusual windowed niche in it. I think the crown above it represents some sort of royal connection:-

Niche in Outbuilding, St Drostan's, Markinch

Art Deco Butcher’s Shop, Markinch

This is kind of hidden away in Commercial Street, Markinch. If you drive straight through the town from either of its entrances you won’t see it as it’s on a street that goes between those two main roads.

J Hastie. Scottish Craft Butcher. Rule of three in upper windows, curved shop windows. It is still a functioning butcher’s:-

Art Deco Butcher's Shop, Markinch

Other angle:-

Markinch, Art Deco Butcher's Shop

Curved windows:-

Art Deco Style Butcher's Shop Windows,Markinch

Markinch Primary School

Markinch is the town nearest to Son of the Rock Acres. It’s a bit bigger than a village. Big enough to have a reasonably large Primary School which has some Art Deco styling.

I suspect, though, it was built in the 1950s when there was still a hangover of Deco style from pre Second World War days.

I took care to photograph it in summer when there were no children around.

Markinch Primary School from John Dixon Park:-

Markinch Primary School

Seen from northwest. Rule of three in windows, brick “portholes”, flat roof, square chimney tower:-

Markinch Primary School Part of West Side

West side Close-up:-

Markinch Primary School West Side Close-up

North side from northeast. Porthole window, canopy, rectangular chimney block, metal railing on wall, metal gate:-

Markinch Primary School, North Side from Northeast.

Old “boys” entrance. Canopy with porthole window above, frieze:-

Markinch Primary School Entrance

South side from southeast. Canopy, porthole window. Old “girls” entrance.

Markinch Primary School South Side from Southeast

East side. Rule of three in some windows. White “portholes”:-

East Side, Markinch Primary School

Fife Pilgrim Way

A project to resurrect the mediæval Fife Pilgrim Way is now well in hand.

There were two main routes across the county (or kingdom as the locals still refer to it at times,) starting at Culross and North Queensferry and ending up at St Andrews.

The ancient route went through the nearest small town to Son of the Rock Acres, Markinch, the ancient capital of Fife.

There are some hopes the restored route(s) will bring modern day pilgrims (and other tourists) to the town.

A year or so ago there was an information day about the Pilgrim Way at St Drostan’s church. On display were several representations of monastic and pilgrim life, rendered in knitwear.

Trees and pilgrims:-

Knitted Trees and Pilgrims

Church:-

Knitted Church

Monks:-

Knitted  Monks

Monks’ garden:-

Knitted Garden

Monastery vegetable patch:-

Knitted Vegetable Patch

St Drostan’s, Markinch

Markinch is the nearest small town to Son of the Rock Acres. It was once the capital of Fife where in mediaeval times justice was administered. Its most prominent landmark is St Drostan’s Church whose tower dates back to the 12th century.

St Drostan’s in the snow:-

St Drostan's in the snow

St Drostan’s from Glass Street:-

Markinch Kirk

Markinch War Memorial

The plaque on this side, nearest the road, commemorates the First World War. The individuals’ names are set into the stone plinths surmounting the surrounding walls.

The plaque on the far side commemorates the Second World War and incorporates the names of the fallen of that war, including a woman from the ATS – perhaps a ferry pilot.

Edited to add: I’ve now had a chance to look at the Scottish War Memorials Project and it says that Betsy L Wyse was a private in the Auxiliary Territorial Service.

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