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Dunshelt or Daneshalt, Fifeshire

Historical Description

DUNSHELT, or Daneshalt, a village, in the parish of Auchtermuchty, district of Cupar, county of Fife, 1 mile (S. E.) of Auchtermuchty; containing 646 inhabitants. This place takes its name from its having been the retreat of the Danes, who, in one of their invasions, being defeated in the battle of Falkland Muir, retired from the field, and took refuge from the pursuit of the conquerors in the lower part of the parish. The village is pleasantly situated on the river Eden, and on the road to Falkland. It is chiefly inhabited by persons employed in the weaving of linen and cotton goods for the manufactures of Glasgow, Aberdeen, and Dundee. There is a place of worship for dissenters, and also a school in the village.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, 1851 by Samuel Lewis