Kirkcaldy Royal Burgh

Royal Burgh of Kirkcaldy

Latin Motto

“I guard by watching”

Kirkcaldy appears as a Burgh of the Abbot of Dunfermline in a Royal Charter dated between 1315 and 1328 and was set in feu to the bailies and the community in 1451. Though represented in the Convention from 1574, it was not until 1644 that it was created a Royal Burgh by King Charles I. In 1930, the Royal burgh of Dysart was joined to Kirkcaldy. the Burgh is one of the four in Scotland which has two coat of arms.

In the first coat, the abbey may refer to the church of Kirkcaldy dedicated in 1242 to St. Bryce, a disciple of St. Martin of Tours, or it may have some connection with the west gable of Dunfermline Abbey. The second coat shows St.Bryce standing in front of the Church, with the sun and the moon above; he holds a fleur – de – lys, which may recall that he came to Scotland from France.

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