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Cowdenbeath

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Cowdenbeath is a town and burgh in west Fife, Scotland. It is 5 miles north-east of Dunfermline and 18 miles north of the capital, Edinburgh. The town grew up around the extensive coalfields of the area and became a Police Burgh in 1890. According to a 2008 estimate, the town has a population of 14,081.The wider civil parish of Beith has a population of 17,351 (in 2011).ToponymyThe first element of the town's name comes from the surname Colden or Cowden, often indicated in early forms as a possessor by the addition of -s, for example Cowdennyes Baith. Beath, the name of the wider parish, is from the Gaelic beith, meaning birch.
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