Balmerino

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Balmerino
Balmerino.jpg
Balmerino is located in Fife
Balmerino
Balmerino
Location within Fife
OS grid referenceNO3624
Council area
CountryScotland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDundee
Postcode districtDD6
Dialling code01382
PoliceScottish
FireScottish
AmbulanceScottish
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
UK
Scotland
56°24′40″N 3°02′35″W / 56.411°N 03.043°W / 56.411; -03.043Coordinates: 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
The 450-year-old Spanish Chestnut tree at Balmerino in Fife

Balmerino (Scottish Gaelic: Baile Mearna means "settlement of St Mearnaig". St Merinoch/Mernoc (Irish Mearnóg) was a famed navigator (Iain Mac an Táilleir, Sabhal Mór Ostaig). Balmerino 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 – widely recognised to be the English language's worst poet: "Beautiful Balmerino".

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