Person NameSt Monans Town Council; 1901-1975
ActivitySt Monans or St Monance, a coastal village in Fife, was created a burgh of barony by King James VI for William Sandilands of St Monans in 1596. A burgh of barony was presided over by a feudal superior who had authority from the Crown to administer justice and to hold barony courts dealing with crimes and matters of good neighbourhood until 1747 and thereafter solely matters of good neighbourhood. From the 18th century onwards, a boatyard was based in the village, and salt-pans were worked for some years. Fishing was a very important local industry. Unusually, St Monans did not seek to adopt the General Police and Improvement (Scotland) Act 1862 (25 & 26 Vict., c.101), which would have caused the election of police commissioners to administer some of the town's affairs. The population was 1,864 in 1891, and 1,257 in 1971. St Monans Town Council was abolished in 1975 under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 (c.65). Its powers were assumed by Fife Regional Council and North East Fife District Council. These in turn were replaced by Fife Council in 1996 under the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994 (c.39).
Corporate NameSt Monans Town Council
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