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Posted by Richard Walker on 03/02/2018   Email

This site is fantastic! I moved from Fife to Australia in 2008 and, now my daughter has been born, I am piecing together information that I can provide her so she understands her Scottish roots. When I found family links to Collessie I wasn't familiar with the area but this site has been fantastic. Thank you so much!!!

Posted by Peter Oswald on 29/04/2017

My grandfather George Duncan Oswald was born 24 August 1897, at Church St., Ladybank, Collessie. Does anybody know anything about him? He went to live in Blackpool when he was around 20.

Posted by Janice LaFrance on 05/03/2017   Email

My GGGrandfather David Nairn and Agnes Skinner were married here and lived in this area. I'm definitely visiting your charming village next time I come to Scotland! Very good website!

Posted by Helena Boyle on 27/12/2016   Email

Just happened upon your website while searching family info on the Patton family of The Cairnies , just trying to pin them down for another generation back. I have raked through your website & the photos, I have even used the zoom on the pictures of the Burns Dinner & Restorations in search of family, but to no avail. I loved all of the pictures & the video of the village. Please never allow it to change & loose it's uniqueness like others were destroyed. Best Wishes Helena

Posted by Alexander Wood on 16/12/2016   Email

my mother Margaret Turner was born in the long demolished Burnside Cottage on the Brae , Collessie in June 1925,her parents John and Agnes Oswald and sister Agnes Ramsay Oswald lived there. Although Janet had married in 1922 to Andrew Cassells Turner of Ladybank she wished to give birth in Collessie. She was widowed in 1929 and moved back to Burnside Cottage. My mum married in 1948 was born in 1950.I spent many pleasant summer holidays there until 1960 when they finally left. There was no electricty, only oil lamps and water came from a communal tap round the other side of the village, but it was a lovely house with a nice garden full of vegetables and hens supplying fresh eggs. I think most of the houses in the village ahd the same sort of conditions and yet people were happy and contant as far as I remember. The happiest days of my childhood were spent there..

Posted by Alex (Sanders) Kennedy on 18/11/2016

I used to attend the Sunday school at Collessie church and attend the school at Trafalgar in the 50s. I remember the minister at that time was Rev John Taylor, he came to visit me one day at my house which was right in front of the church. He asked me if I would ring the church bell after Sunday school before the service. He said I would be paid 1/6d per Sunday. I jumped at the chance to earn some pocket money, my first paid job. I used to get told off a few times for not ringing the bell long enough. I must have been one of the youngest bell ringers for the church, I was 8-9years old at that time. Great memories. My granny Helen Scott used to stay at the west end cottage and attended the church regularly. My whole family has strong links to the village since 1900s to present day. I do miss these times in the village.

Posted by Yvonne Dallaway from Beachy Head Sussex on 24/10/2016   Email

Thank you so much for the very interesting and charming tour and the pictures of past Collessie. I have been interested as I am tracing some family members and wanted to see where they had lived in your beautiful Scotland. The folk I have traced are David Mitchell who married Margret Stark. Their first son James was baptised at Auchtermuchty 19/4/1761 and Madeline Smart who married John Ramsey and their first two daughters were baptised Betty 13/8/1780 and Janet 12/7/1782 at Colessie. Thank you again for allowing me to glimpse at such an enchanting way of life!

Posted by Alexander Wood on 01/08/2016   Email

My mother Margaret Turner was born in Burnside Cottage Collessie in June 1925. Her grandparents were John and Agnes Oswald. Her mother Janet Gordon Oswald married Andrew Cassells Turner in 1922.they lived in Ladybank but she chose to have her baby in Collessie. In 1929 her husband Andrew Turner died and she moved back to Burnside Cottage to live with her parents and her sister Agnes Ramsay Oswald. My mum was brought up in Collessie and went to school there. She married Frederick Wood of Cupar in 1948 but her mother and the Oswalds continued to live at Burnside Cottage until September 1960. I have many happy memories of idyllic summer holidays there. Ther was no electricity so it was all oil lamps for lighting. There was no running water and water was fetched from the communal village tap. Yet despite what would now be primitive conditions the house was kept in good order and they seemed to manage very well. A vanished moer innocnet time. During teh War my grandmother Janet was assistan

Posted by Hans Georg Schlossmacher on 06/05/2016   Email

Hallo ! My father was in Annsmuir POW camp till 1948.He worked on Collessie Mill Farm.By means of dad's old photos I succeeded in finding the Forsyths' twins living on the farm at that time and their cousin from London. Dad's stories made me interested in your country and your culture. Today I am very proud of having friends in GB. Best wishes. Hans Georg Schlossmacher, Germany

Posted by David South on 02/09/2015   Email

My mother's father David Leitch was born near Brisbane in Queensland Australia in 1892. I believe his father Robert Leitch born 1848 may have come from Collessie. Can anyone help?

Posted by Margaret Common on 08/07/2015

Hi, I love the old photo's Flo and Jim Stark have given if Collessie. My ancestors on my dad's side of the family were called Stark. In fact my middle name is Stark. One of my ancestors John Stark was born in Collessie in 1721. It just might be that Jim is related too. I have been to Kinghorn and Anstruther where other family are from but I haven't been to Collessie but I will in the future, it looks so nice. Thank You, Margaret

Posted by Carol Mohr on 12/03/2015   Email

Hello, Carol from Vancouver, Canada here. In my family tree research, I've just discovered my 2x great uncle, John McLean, lived in Collessie in 1922. Such a beautiful village you have! I'd never heard of it before. We don't know when (or where) John died. If someone passes away there, where are they likely to be buried? The search continues! One of these days I'll travel to all the places my ancestors lived. Lovely website too. Cheers to everyone! Carol :-)

Posted by Robbie Kennedy Bennett on 04/09/2014

Just payed a visit around the Collessie website to get the feeling of being there.

Posted by Alison Spowart on 10/11/2013   Email

I was born in Collessie & left for Canada in 1923. I enjoy your site. (:

Posted by Patricia Fletcher on 10/09/2013

good job with the website. It is very informative. Everyone seems to be enjoying themselves.

Posted by Joy on 20/08/2013

Hello I was at the ceilidh on Saturday and really enjoyed it. Thanks to everyone who put in the hard work to make it happen. Can you keep me informed of other events. Thank you, Joy

Posted by Liz on 20/08/2013

Collessie Ceilidh on 17th August. I came to the dance on Sat night and really enjoyed the event - thanks to all who were involved in the organisation. Please will you add me to emails of future events. Thanks. Liz

Posted by Rose Cross on 20/08/2013

What a wonderful evening you gave everyone last night. Our party thoroughly enjoyed every moment and from the look of pleasure on everyones faces around the room, so did everyone else. I think the Collessie Victory Hall must definitely hold another Summer Ceilidh and we shall all look forward to coming along to other events you have planned. Jenny, Andy, Lucy and Heather all enjoyed themselves tremendously. If you have a Collessie events mailing list could you please add my name. Bye for now. Love from Rose.

Posted by Madge & Dougie Cormack on 27/05/2013   Email

Thanks for the warm and friendly welcome, especially Margaret and Norma when we came along to the Collessie Spring gathering on Sunday.Nice to meet up with Chippy and Alan again and we certainly hope to come along to some of the various events both inside and outside in the future. Best wishes to the committee both past and newly elected. Regards Madge and Dougie Cormack, Windmill Cottage.

Posted by Jim Hooton on 13/02/2013

Love the website.Collessie won the FifeCouncil Award of Best Hamlet in the whole of Fife and the Beautiful Scotland award for the best wee village in Scotland.Keep up the good work regards from a hot and sunny Seychelles. Jim

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