The Canmore Kings
used religion to unite all of Scotland under
one King, building most of the large historic
Abbeys and Cathedrals in Scotland.
1221 - records state King Alexander II
awarded the Castle at Kinghorn to his new
Queen, Princess Joan of England.
1286 - King Alexander
III was traveling to the Castle at Kinghorn
when he fell from his horse at Pettycur Bay and
died. With him dying without leaving an heir,
this was the end of the Canmore dynasty,
leading to the English trying to gain control
of Scotland, and the Wars of Scottish
1373 - Sir John Lyon married Princess Joan,
daughter of King Robert II, with this gaining
him control of the Castle at Kinghorn. This
Castle was also known as Glamis Tower. The
Lyons are better known for their Glamis
Castle at the Village of Glamis north of
1546 - Kinghorn Castle was besieged and
taken by Kirkcaldy of
Grange. Grange is better known for his
involvement in the downfall of Mary Queen of
Scots in 1567.
The Lyon family then seem to have moved to
their lands in Angus by Dundee.
1606 - Lord Patrick Lyon was made 1st Earl
1677 - Patrick Lyon,
was created Lord Glamis, and 3rd Earl of
1700s - records state Kinghorn was a base
for Porpoise shooting, with the Porpoise
carcases used to make Oil. This is said to have
stopped after the numbers of Porpoise in the
area declined dramatically.
1700s - Kinghorn grew around the Flax
industry, making Linen Cloth from the
Flax Plant, mainly in homes on small manual
1760s - Pettycur Harbour was completed to
serve as a ferry port for people and goods
traveling north from Edinburgh, with a number
of sailing vessels operated on the route.
1830s - Kinghorn Loch above the Town,
provided water to power machinery in the first
Flax Mills, ending the making of Cloth in
1842 - a new Pier was built at Burntisland 3
miles south, leading to the Ferry service
between Pettycur Harbour and Edinburgh being
relocated to Burntisland.
1846 - the Railway Viaduct was built through
1860s - a Shipyard was built next to the
Kinghorn Kirk to build Steamships.
1890 - the Forth Railway Bridge was
completed, with the North British Railway
promoting Kinghorn as a Holiday Resort.
1921- the Shipyard closed after the last
vessel had been produced, the SS Kinghorn.
There is now a Static Caravan Park on the site
of the Shipyard.
1900s late - Houses were built on the site
of Kinghorn Castle, in the area of Glamis
Terrace. Home owners in the area have since
been finding Boars Teeth and other Items from
many centuries back in their gardens.