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Dairsie Castle

Dairsie, or Osnaburgh, is a village and parish in north-east Fife, Scotland. It is 3 miles (4.8 km) south-southwest of Leuchars Junction, and 3 miles (4.8 km) east-northeast of Cupar on the A91 Stirling to St Andrews road. The village grew out of two smaller settlements (called Dairsiemuir and Osnaburgh), and developed principally around the industry of weaving. Since the late twentieth century it has become a dormitory settlement for nearby towns.

The village may have derived its name of Osnaburgh from weaving osnaburg, a coarse linen or cotton, originally imported from Osnabrück in Germany.

The civil parish has a population of 387 (in 2011).[1]

Historic buildings

Dairsie Bridge, 1 mile (1.6 km) south of the village, dates from the early sixteenth century, although it has been modified since.[2] Nearby Dairsie Castle (now restored) dates from the early seventeenth century, and was briefly the residence of John Spottiswoode (1565-1639), Archbishop of St Andrews.[3] King James VI stayed at Dairsie Castle following his escape from the Raid of Ruthven in June 1583.

Dairsie Old Parish Church

St Mary's Church was built by Archbishop Spottiswoode in 1621.[4] The church is some distance from the village and ceased to be used for worship in 1966.[5] It is now in private hands, and the parish worshippers use the former St Leonard's Church in the village. The congregation is united with St John's Church in Cupar. Local businesses include a small Village Shop and Post Office, a Petrol Station and Garage (also selling second hand vehicles) and The Dairise Inn currently trading as Rumbledethumps Restaurant. It has a small locals bar, a conservatory restaurant and a small function room / additional restaurant.


In 2014 a hoard of Roman hacksilver was found in a field at Dairsie. It is thought that the hacksilver was used by Roman soldiers to pay off the local Pictish tribes when they travelled through the area.[6]


  1. ^ Census of Scotland 2011, Table KS101SC – Usually Resident Population, publ. by National Records of Scotland. Web site http://www.scotlandscensus.gov.uk/ retrieved March 2016. See “Standard Outputs”, Table KS101SC, Area type: Civil Parish 1930
  2. ^ "Dairsie Bridge". CANMORE. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Retrieved 2010-06-04. 
  3. ^ "Dairsie Castle". CANMORE. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Retrieved 2010-06-04. 
  4. ^ "Dairsie Old Church". CANMORE. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Retrieved 2010-06-04. 
  5. ^ "Dairsie Old Parish Church". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "'Significant' Roman silver hoard found in Fife by teenager". BBC News. 1 August 2017. Retrieved 1 August 2017. 

External links

  • Entry at Fife Place-name Data

Coordinates: 56°20′48.38″N 2°56′44.79″W / 56.3467722°N 2.9457750°W / 56.3467722; -2.9457750

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