Dysart is a former town and royal burgh located on the south-east coast between Kirkcaldy and West Wemyss in Fife. The town is now considered to be a suburb of Kirkcaldy. Dysart was once part of a wider estate owned by the St Clair or Sinclair family. They were responsible for gaining burgh of barony status for the town towards the end of the 15th century.

The first record of the town was made in the early 13th century, with the initial role to settle civil matters between the church and landowners. During the middle of the 15th century, trade with the Low Countries began for salt and coal exportation. In the 16th and 17th centuries, trade expanded to the Baltic Countries. Dysart acquired two nicknames: "Salt Burgh" and "Little Holland" as a result.

Following the sudden decline of the town's harbour caused by the closure of the Lady Blanche Pit, the town was amalgamated into the royal burgh of Kirkcaldy under an act of parliament in 1930. The site of an urban clearance taking place during the 1950s and 1960s, saw large parts of the historic town being demolished for new housing. Demand from the town's residents meant that part of the historic town — most notably the16th century and the 18th century houses of Pan Ha' opposite the harbour — were salvaged and preserved for future generations. Today, Dysart retains an individual character within the boundary borders of neighbouring y.

The photographs on this page show various scenes of interest both old and recent, relating to the heritage of the Lodge's hometown.


The Tolbooth from the cross, the original cross is now located within the Normand Hall Memorial Gardens

The Harbour and St Serfs Tower viewed from Ravenscraig Park

The Cenotaph in the Memorial Gardens, to the rear of St Serfs Church

Dysart railway station

Dysart Plaque at the Tollbooth

The Harbour Masters House museum, cafe and information centre

Part of the original entrance to the Lady Blanche pit

Masonic Hall

Memorial plaque at the Normand Hall memorial Garden

Original Man 'O' The Rock, unfortunately coastal erosion has swept it away.

Pan Ha with St Serfs tower

Pan Ha the Hie-Gait

St Serfs church

St Serfs Tower

The Harbour from the Sailors Walk

Frances Colliery more commonly known as " The Dubbie "