News and Events

Online Book Shop - The Kilrenny and Anstruther Burgh Collection website has been revamped and now includes an online book shop. So it is now easier to buy The Democracy of War, using paypal or credit card. Visit the site at 

The Black Watch Museum - The Black Watch recruited extensively from Fife and many local  men  fought and died with the famous regiment. The Regimental Museum in Perth  has just re-opened ( 25 June 2013) after a £3.5 million re-development. (  Amongst the exhibits  is the Memorial Plaque for , L/Cpl Thomas Swan , 2nd Btn. Black Watch who was killed in action on 5 December 1914.  He  (and his brother William) are commemorated on the Anstruther Easter memorial.    

Scotland's War -  On 21 June 2013, The Centre for the Study of Modern Conflict, The University of Edinburgh launched 'Scotland's War' an initiative to increase collaboration on local WW1 research. It builds on the success of their Edinburgh's War Project ( Discussions are underway to include this Democracy of War website in a future Fife's War as part of the overall Scotland's War project 

From the South Seas to the North Sea - one of the most exotic elements of the Anstruther and Cellardyke story is that one of casualties, Lieut. George Darsie was the son of a Tahitian princess. Now the story of how Princess Titaua Marama found her way from the South Seas to the East Neuk of Fife has been published.  From the South Seas to the North Sea - the story of Princess Titaua of Tahiti by Fiona J. Macintosh, has been published by the Kilrenny and Anstruther Birgh Collection and is available form teh on-line book shop 

Waterstones - The Democracy of War is now on sale in Waterstones, Market Street, St Andrews as well as being available from East Neuk Books, Rodger Street, Anstruther ( which handles mail order sales- see details in The Book section of this site.)

The memorial plaque for John Christie RNR
- has kindly been supplied  by Mr J. Woodward of Kilrenny. These bronze plaques, commonly known as the Dead Man’s Penny, were issued to the next of kin of those who lost their lives in World War 1. Each is individually inscribed with the name of the person who died; there is no rank given, which was intended to show the equality of sacrifice. John Christie was a 25 year old engineer from Cellardyke who died when the HMPMS Queen of the South sank after hitting a mine on July 20 1917. The Queen of the North was a paddle steamer which prior to the war had taken holiday makers on day trips from Blackpool to the Isle of Man


Book Launch - The Democracy of War was officially launched on Tuesday 3 July 2007 at a social event  and booksigning in East Neuk Books, Rodger Street, Anstruther when members and supporters of the Kilrenny and Anstruther Burgh Collection joined the author Kevin Dunion to hear about the book, over a glass of wine.

 School Prize  - A copy of The Democracy of War was presented to the Primary 7 Class of Anstruther Primary School on Thursday, 28 June , in recognition of their contribution to The Memories of War exhibition organised by the Kilrenny and Anstruther Burgh Collection in March 2007. Many of the children are related to men on the memorial.