Burntisland

A coastal town on the banks of the Firth of Forth The hill that can be seen from everywhere in Burntisland is the Binn which protects the town from the harsh north winds. The coat of arms of the town has a Latin inscription “Colles praesidio dedit Deus” – God gives us the protection of the hills. Burntisland is shaped by the volcanic activity that accrued over 300 million years ago. Later there are signs of a Roman settlement circa 80AD believed to be ruled by Agricola.

Lost at Sea

King Charles I when transporting a large cargo of Royal household goods and precious items said to be worth 100s of millions of pounds in todays value across the Firth of Forth in the ferry boat “The Blessing of Burntisland” in 1633 after his coronation at Holyrood The boat sank due to bad weather and possibly the weight of the cargo while King Charles I watched from his flag ship the Dreadnought. This was not the first treasure to be lost in the same waters as his father Another royal ferry sank in the same waters 44 years earlier, carrying the dowry of Ann of Denmark for her wedding to King James VI of Scotland, Charles’s father James VI of Scotland lost a ship that was carrying the dowry of Ann of Denmark for her wedding in 1589.