Auchtermuchty

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Coordinates: 56°17′23″N 3°14′15″W / 56.289754°N 3.237450°W / 56.289754; -3.237450

Auchtermuchty
Scottish Gaelic: Uachdar Mucadaidh
Scots: Auchtermuchtie, Muchtie
Auchtermuchty is located in Fife
Auchtermuchty
Auchtermuchty
 Auchtermuchty shown within Fife
Population 2,010 [1] (2001 census)
est. 2,070[2] (2006)
OS grid reference NO235115
Council area Fife
Lieutenancy area Fife
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CUPAR
Postcode district KY14
Dialling code 01337
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament North East Fife
Scottish Parliament North East Fife
List of places
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Auchtermuchty (About this sound listen ; Gaelic: Uachdar Mucadaidh, "upland of the pigs/boar")[3] is a town in Fife, Scotland. It is beside Pitlour Hill and nine miles north of Glenrothes.

Until 1975 Auchtermuchty was a royal burgh, established under charter of King James V in 1517. There is evidence of human habitation in the area dating back over 2,000 years, and the Romans are known to have established a camp in the southeast corner of the town. In the past, the linen industry was a major source of work in the town, but in the early 18th century the firm of John White was established, bringing the town its first foundry (there were two eventually). There was even a distillery in operation from 1829 to 1929, when Prohibition in the U.S.A. led to its closure. The town nowadays is a quiet but thriving community, situated in the Scottish countryside, where there are several local recreational footpaths. There is a modest range of local industry, but most people of working age travel out of the town for employment.

There is a festival held each year in August.

Auchtermuchty was the setting for The Wife of Auchtermuchty, a comic Scots poem of the late Middle Ages.

The town was used as the location for Tannochbrae in the 1990s ITV series Dr. Finlay.

The town's church is mentioned in James Hogg's The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner.

The town gets a mention in The Family Ness theme song, You'll Never Find A Nessie In The Zoo, in the refrain "You can go to Auchtermuchty and to Drumnadrochit too, but you'll never find a Nessie in the zoo". The town, which is on the main road to the world famous golf courses at St. Andrews, was frequently mentioned in a light-hearted manner by the journalist Sir John Junor, as a paradigm of British ordinariness, but although he was a frequent visitor, he did not come from or live there.[4] The town is also mentioned in a Miller Beer commercial.

Auchtermuchty Golf Club (now defunct) was founded in 1902. The club ceased to exist following WW2.[5]

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Statue of Jimmy Shand in Auchtermuchty


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