Mapping a town’s history

Ian Archibald, who is this year's recipient of the Burntisland Community Award'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
Ian Archibald, who is this year's recipient of the Burntisland Community Award'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

a BURNTISLAND man who quite literally helped put Burntisland on the map has won the town’s annual Community Award.

Ian Archibald (67), a retired land surveyor and cartographer, who laterly worked with Ordnance Survey producing maps for the Crown Estate, was named as the Burntisland Community Award winner at a Hogmanay party in Burntisland Golf Club.

For the last 25 years Ian, who was born in Kirkcaldy and travelled around the country with his work before settling in Burntisland in the early 1980s, has devoted his time to researching, recording and displaying the town’s rich heritage and history.

Rich history

He has worked with local groups and schools to inform youngsters of the town’s rich history, and was instrumental in setting up the Burntisland Heritage Trust, of which he is convener, in 1994.

He is also chairman of Burntisland Events, the committee which helps organise various local activities including the highly successful bonfire and fireworks display and the annual summer street party.

Alex MacDonald, chairman of Burntisland Community Council, which co-ordinates the annual award, said: “Ian has made a significant impact over many years on the social, historical and educational fabric of Burntisland.

“In his role as convener of Burntisland Heritage Trust he led research work on the search for the Blessing of Burntisland, the royal barge which sank with precious cargo in 1633.

“He has also led the development of numerous exhibitions, the design and placement of historical plaques, and the development of maps to accompany the historical walks.


“It’s less well-known that Ian was also a catalyst for recent social activities, including the annual bonfire and firework display, street parties and Civic Week events.

“He stepped into the breach at very short notice to ensure the efforts of volunteers could be harnessed and channelled to best effect.

“Much of his time is spent educating others about the historical importance of Burntisland.

“Overall, Ian captures the very essence of the Burntisland Community Award. He gives his time generously and voluntarily.

“His contribution is an example for others to follow and we warmly welcome him as the winner of the award for 2012.”