New book looks back through time at history of North Queensferry

  • Inverkeithing and North Queensferry Through Time is out now

A new book by local authors looking back at the history of North Queensferry has just been published - with some great pictures of our town’s past…

‘Inverkeithing & North Queensferry Through Time’ by local historians and writers Eric Simpson and George Robertson is a fascinating selection of photographs tracing some of the many ways in which Inverkeithing and North Queensferry has changed and developed over the last century.

Inverkeithing was created a royal burgh in the twelfth century owing to its importance as a port and its strategic position on the King’s Highway linking north and south.  This strategic position owed much to its proximity to its neighbour of North Queensferry at the northern end of the Queensferry Passage. From the time of Queen Margaret (c.1046–93) the Queensferry Passage, now replaced by rail and road bridges, has been a vital artery of traffic. For both settlements, their shared involvement in quarrying has been another common factor.

North Queensferry remains an attractive residential settlement and is home to a popular sea life centre, appropriately housed in an old quarry.

Eric Simpson is a freelance lecturer & writer. Eric has lived in neighbouring Dalgety Bay since 1966. Eric commuted to Edinburgh via Inverkeithing Railway Station for many years, and developed an interest in the history of that ancient burgh and its connection with the similarly old Queensferry Passage. Though a comparative newcomer to Fife, in 1968, Eric was asked to give a series of educational lectures on the local history of Inverkeithing. This was followed by a similar series of talks in North Queensbury and subsequently in other Fife communities. The upshot was Eric’s publication of a number of Fife-centered historical works. Eric Simpson is an historical adviser to the BBC TV series Grand Tours of Scotland.

Although born in Rosyth, co-author George Robertson can trace his family connections with Inverkeithing and North Queensferry over a period of two-hundred years. Various generations of his family have lived in Abbott Place, Cruickness and Port Laing. As a child, while visiting his grandparents, George spent many happy hours roaming the countryside around Inverkeithing, much of which has now been built over as housing George’s early years as a Police Officer was spent on the streets of Inverkeithing. In recent years George has given illustrated historical talks to various societies in the local area as he is a keen collector of old historic postcards.

The book is now on sale in selected local shops, and the book is available on Amazon – see full details here

It is also on sale on the website of publisher Amberley Publishing, where you can get a 10% discount. Customers can also call direct on 01453 847820 for orders, or email orders@amberley-books.com


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