Fife Constabulary have published “Fife Policing History – Volumes I, II, III” available at: We were surprised to find some very good local history mentioned in the publications and highly recommend people to visit their site and view the publications. We have include a couple of excerpts below:

In the 18th Century (sic: Lochgelly) it was the site of a gypsy encampment, seemingly an important one, as it served as a meeting point for all the nomadic people over a wide area. As with many other places in West Fife, Lochgelly was a rural community with hand-loom weaving and a little coal mining being the only industries until the last century, when the discovery of coal and ironstone in large quantities triggered of an amazing growth in the population……

Looking back in the mists of time, it can only be suggested what Fife must have been like……………abounding with wild animals, where the Pictish cave dwellers of Wemyss and Caiplie who lived about 4,000 B.C. penetrated the forest with their weapons to hunt for food……………….Every-day life was often disrupted by invasions of their neighbours and eventually in the early centuries A.D. by Romans, Norsemen and Danes……

The publication was produced by retired Inspector William Brown (pictured), who together with his wife Rita, carried out extensive research between 1977 and 1985 into the history of Fife Constabulary. William Brown died in 2002.

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