Tron ... but not forgotten

THE TRON WEIGHING IN DYSART 11 MARCH 11
THE TRON WEIGHING IN DYSART 11 MARCH 11
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A CONSTRUCTION manager with a taste for history has recreated a piece of Dysart’s heritage by reconstructing a tron — a weighing device — dating from the 19th century.

Steve Suggett, of Cardenden, who works as a project manager for Muir Construction, personally rebuilt the tron after excavating stones from the original structure when the company was appointed by Fife Housing Association last year to build new flats and affordable homes as part of the Dysart regeneration scheme.

The tron now stands in Fitzroy Square, at the rear of the High Street.

Steve said: “When the stones were discovered I was immediately curious and carried out some research. I found out that the tron — which is a weighing device a bit like a large set of scales — stood at the rear of 27 High Street in 1851.

Community

“It belonged to Oswald Philip who was a textile and wool merchant. He would have used it to weigh his goods but as it is close to the market cross it could have been used by other market traders as well — so a real centre point for the community.”

He added: “I decided recreating the tron would provide a nice feature for the area as the regeneration is about the future but also respecting the past and so I did so at home using oak.

“Although my version does not balance and is therefore not strictly a weighing device, I am really pleased with how it has turned out.”

Bottles

During the project, Steve also found a stone wine flagon marked ‘Charles Ramsay Grocer and Wine Merchant Dysart’ as well as an old lemonade bottle and beer bottle from Grubbs of Kirkcaldy, which he is donating to the Dysart Trust.

An explanatory plaque has been placed on the tron so that local residents can understand more about how it came to be recreated.

Jim Swan, chairman of Dysart Trust praised Steve’s contribution.

He said: “There are very few tangible relics left from the past, from the time when Dysart was a prosperous Royal burgh. This is a welcome addition to the local landscape.”