About this website

An inquisitive mind can be a dangerous thing

This website came about several years ago when on a walk round St. Andrews I stopped at Kirkhill by the ruins of St. Mary on the Rocks. As I looked out over the bay and leant back against the replica cannon that have sat there for many years, it struck me that I didn't really know why they were there and the little council sign nearby gave scant information.

I decided to find out, so I did a bit of research but every question answered asked two more and so my research widened. Now, several years later, I have decided to put some of this information online in case other enquiring minds want to know and to see if anyone out there has any more pieces of the puzzle.

I'd like to thank all the other collectors and institutions who have helped with my research :-

Jimmy Wilson, Jimmy Bone, Rob Stout, Dixon Pickup, Captain Preece of the Queens Own Yeomanry, Jonathan Ferguson at the Scottish National War Museum, Lesley Lettice and the other staff at Fife Museum services, the St. Andrews Preservation Trust Museum, the Crail Museum, the Fife Folk Museum at Ceres, the University of St.Andrews Special Collections Department, the National Library of Scotland, the National Archives of Scotland, the National Archives at Kew and last but not least my family for their help and support.

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Richard Dickens 2009

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