Balmerino

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Balmerino
Balmerino.jpg
Balmerino is located in Fife
Balmerino
Balmerino
 Balmerino shown within Fife
OS grid reference NO3624
Council area Fife
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Dundee
Postcode district DD6
Dialling code 01382
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament North East Fife
Scottish Parliament North East Fife
List of places
UK
Scotland

Coordinates: 56°24′40″N 3°02′35″W / 56.411°N 03.043°W / 56.411; -03.043

Looking north across the Tay from above Balmerino
For the racehorse, see Balmerino (horse).

Balmerino (Scottish Gaelic: Baile Meireanach meaning "Foolish Farm" or Scottish Gaelic: Baile Marruineach meaning "Dairy Farm") is a small village and former monastic centre in Fife, Scotland. It is the home of Balmerino Abbey and the former abbots of Balmerino who were great regional landlords. It became a secular lordship (see Lord Balmerino) at the beginning of the 17th century and fell into ruin. The Abbey ruins and grounds are managed by the National Trust for Scotland and are famed for the ancient sweet chestnut tree and the display of aconites which flower in February. The village is now an official Conservation Area.

Balmerino is also "celebrated" by a poem by William McGonagall - said to be the English language's worst poet - "Beautiful Balmerino".

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