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FAIRLEY, A. - The Queensferry Companion: A Short History and Guide: South Queensferry and Dalmeny

Edinburgh, Albyn Press. 1981, First Edition. (ISBN: 0284985694) Paperback, 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Historical guide to Queensferry and the neighbourhood around the Forth Bridge, with photographs, maps and a glossary of local terms. An unread copy. South Queensferry (Scottish Gaelic: Taobh a Deas Chas Chaolais), also called Queensferry, is a former Royal Burgh in West Lothian now part of the City of Edinburgh, Scotland. It is located some ten miles to the north west of the city centre, on the shore of the Firth of Forth between the Forth Bridge and the Forth Road Bridge, approximately 8 miles (13 km) from Edinburgh Airport. Queensferry is referred to as South Queensferry in order to distinguish it from North Queensferry. It has a population of around 12,000. The Scottish Gaelic name "Taobh a Deas Chas Chaolais" means "[the] Southern Side of [the] Steep Strait". The name "Cas Chaolas" (Steep Strait) is older than the English name; it can be applied to either North or South Queensferry, or both. The queen referred to is Saint Margaret of Scotland who is believed to have established a ferry at this point for pilgrims on their way north to St Andrews. She died in 1093 and made her final journey by ferry to Dunfermline Abbey. Her son, David I of Scotland, awarded the ferry rights to the abbey. Other local Gaelic placenames include Echline (Eachlann - horse enclosure) agus Duntarvie (Dùn Tarbhaidh - fort of the bull). There were ferries at South Queensferry until 1964 when the Forth Road Bridge was opened. Ferry services continue to run from the harbour to the islands within the Firth of Forth, including Inchcolm. New.
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