Glenrothes is a ‘new’ town, none of the properties are much older than approx 70 years, with one or two exceptions. Therefore my closest ‘local‘ older houses, are the Greenside Cottages, which face onto Leslie Green. Leslie is a small village to the west of Glenrothes.
The Greenside Cottages are also known as Douglas Croft Cottages, and are some of the oldest properties in Leslie. The Green was originally common land (ie anyone living in Leslie could graze their animals there, free of charge), but unfortunately for the residents of Greenside Cottages, their houses were owned by the Douglas family of Strathendry. This meant the folk of the cottages had to pay a small yearly fee, for stepping out of their front doors!!! Thankfully for them, this situation didn’t remain for too long. Later residents had the privilege of being right next to Leslie Green. This was the focal point of community, the site being used for fairs and the weekly markets.