The toun wis planned in the late 1940s as ane o Scotland's first new touns fae miners winnin coal at the Rothes Colliery. The mine wisnae a success, but the toun developt as an important industrial centur fae Scotland's Silicon Glen atween 1961 an 2000 wi mony electronics an hi-tech companies bildin factories in the toun.
Glenrothes is the centur o govirnance fae Fife an haes baith Fife Cooncil an Fife Polis headquarters. Glenrothes toun centur is maistly ben the Kingdom Shopping Centre.
History[edit | edit source]
Glenrothes wis designated in 1948 unner the New Towns (Scotland) Act 1946 as Scotland's second post-war new toun. The nam Rothes comes frae the Nor-eist o Scotland Earl of Rothes, what haes the clan nam Leslie. The Leslie family aince owned muckle o the aurrie that Glenrothes haes been bildit oan. "Glen" (frae the Scots Gaelic word 'gleann' meanin valley) wis eikit tae stop fowk gettin intae a guddle wi Rothes in Moray, an acause the toun lies in the Leven valley. The oreeginal toun plan wis tae bild a new settlement fae 32,000 to 35,000 people. The intention o the developers wis: "to establish a self-contained and balanced community for working and living".
References[edit | edit source]
- "Economic Profile- Mid Fife and Glenrothes Scottish Parliamentary Constituency p.5." (PDF). Fife Council. 2011-05-05. Retrieved 2011-06-06.
- Ferguson A New Town's Heritage: Glenrothes 1948-1995 p.7.
- Omand The Fife Book p.90.
- Ferguson A History of Glenrothes pp.56–59.
- Ferguson A New Town's Heritage: Glenrothes 1948-1995 p.11.
- Cowling An Essay for Today – The Scottish New Towns 1947-1997 p.31.
- Pride Kingdom of Fife p.80.
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