"Rothes, vil., in par. and 1 mile W. of Markinch, Fife; has a papermill."

John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles 1887.

Glenrothes was designated one of Scotland's New Towns in 1948. It is built on land which was previously in Kinglassie, Leslie and Markinch parishes.


Archives & Libraries

Records of the former Glenrothes Development Corporation are held by Fife Council Archive Centre, Kirkcaldy. See Town Records below.

The National Collection of Aerial Photography website has photographs of Glenrothes taken in the 1940s.


Civil Registration

Registration district number start date end date
Glenrothes 433 1968 1971
Glenrothes 420 1972 2002
Fife 420 2003  

Registration districts did not necessarily coincide exactly with parishes. In the 20th century especially, there were frequent changes in registration districts.


Description & Travel

Glenrothes town centre Ordnance Survey Grid Reference GPS Post code Lat. 56°11'44"N
NO 274009 56.195154
KY7 5LN Lon. 3°10'17"W
You can see pictures of Glenrothes which are provided by:




Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Glenrothes has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NO269009 (Lat/Lon: 56.195141, -3.178997), Glenrothes which are provided by:


Town Records

At the Fife Council Archive Centre, Kirkcaldy:

  • GDC
    Glenrothes Development Corporation
    Records include minute books and reports, 1948-1995; housing records, 1948-1995; Legal Department records including papers relating to public local enquiry to hear objections to the creation of the new town, 1948; Board of Trade investigation into the Cadco scandal, 1963-1965; Marketing Department records including publications, promotional films and videos, 1957-1974; photographs of Glenrothes buildings, events, and people, 1948-1995; minutes of Glenrothes District Council, 1961-1974.