Published: Thursday 21 Nov 2002 by Fife Council
''Ballingry (popularly Bingry: Gael. Bael-na-greigh, 'town of the flock'), a hamlet and a parish of W Fife. The hamlet stands in the NE, 1 ½ mile SSE of Loch Leven, and 2 1/8 miles N by W of the station, 3 of the post-town of LOCHGELLY, which partly lies within the SE border; at it are the parish church (1831; renovated 1876) and the public school (1874). At present the mansions are Benarty (Wm. B. Constable) and Lochore (Alex Burns). For school and church purposes the southern portion of Ballingry is included in the quoad sacra parish of Lochgelly; the rest forms a parish in the presbytery of Kinross and synod of Fife, its minister's income being £300. The school, with its accommodation for 250 children, had (1891) an average attendance of 171, and a grant of £143, 15s.''
(Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland - 1901)
Post Second World War planning created a settlement to house the population drawn to this part of Fife by the opportunities created by what was then an expanding coal industry. Current population is almost 3500.
Archived Feature originally published 21 Nov 2002 - 28 Nov 2003