‘Fifeshire’ is the Anglicised name of the former Kingdom of Fife, which was located on the east coast of Scotland on a peninsula separated by the Forth of Tay and the Forth of Firth. Originally, it was one of the Pictish kingdoms covering eastern and northern Scotland from pre- Roman Britain to the tenth century. According to legend, a Pict king, Cruithne, had seven sons whose names were also equated to the seven provinces of Pictland. One of the sons was called ‘Fib’, and it was he who gave his name to Fife. Today, Fife is a council area of Scotland, whose southern border is about 8 kilometres north of the capital, Edinburgh.

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