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Elie

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Elie and Earlsferry is a coastal town and former royal burgh in Fife, and parish, Scotland, situated within the East Neuk beside Chapel Ness on the north coast of the Firth of Forth, eight miles east of Leven. The burgh comprised the linked villages of Elie and Earlsferry, which were formally merged in 1930 by the Local Government Act of 1929. To the north is the village of Kilconquhar and Loch of Kilconquhar.The civil parish has a population of 861 (in 2011).A notable landmark is Lady's Tower, built in 1760 for Lady Janet Ansruther to use as a changing room prior to her morning bathing routine. She was the daughter of a Scottish merchant and renowned for her beauty and reputation as a flirt. Prior to her skinny dipping she sent out one of her servants into the town of Elie to advise local residents of her imminent skinny dipping so they would stay away from her private tower. She died at the young age of 28, having drowned in the menacing waters of Ruby Bay beneath the tower during a particular windy and stormy morning. It is said that her screams and wails can still be heard from the tower when the wind is high. Ref https://en.m.wikepedia.org www.trover.com. www.britainexpress.com. http://www.eliehistory.com/explore/village-tour-1-elie-central/Ancient timesEarlsferry, the older of the two villages, was first settled in time immemorial. It is said that MacDuff, the Earl of Fife, crossed the Forth here in 1054 while fleeing from King Macbeth. In particular the legend tells of his escape being aided by local fishermen, an act which may have led directly to the village being promoted to royal burgh status due to MacDuff's later influence over Malcolm III.
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