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The Kingdom of Fife
Its Ballads and Legends by Robert Boucher, Jun (1899)


Robert Boucher

ROBERT BOUCHER Jnr. of FIFE (Schoolteacher and Author)
(1873, Ladybank – 1953, Cupar)

Robert Boucher Jnr. was born in Ladybank, Collessie, Fife on the 7th of May, 1873 to Robert Boucher Snr. (Inspector of Poor) and Joanna Burns, who had married in Ladybank on the 28th of October, 1864. Robert Jnr., had seven brothers and one sister, he being fifth eldest of the nine children born between 1865 and 1884. His father, Robert Boucher Snr., had been born in Collessie on the 20th of January, 1844 to William Boucher and Isabella Wishart who had married in Cults on the 6th of April, 1838. Robert’s mother, Joanna Burns, had been born in Ceres in 1843 to David Burns and Elizabeth Elder who had married in Kemback on the 25th of November, 1838.

By 1891, Robert Jnr. was practising as a Pupil Teacher in Collessie, and thereafter had teaching experience in various parts of the East Neuk. However, in Wormit, Forgan, during this period, the 22 year old Robert first met, and then married, in 1895 in Dundee, a 37 year old widow Mrs Helen Blake Halliday (Jones) Horsburgh, born Monifieth in 1858. The 1901 Census shows that Robert Jnr. had obtained an Assistant Teachership in Wemyss, and, by that time, had a family comprising, Katherine (8 yrs.) [born in Wormit by Helen’s previous marriage to Charles Horsburgh], Frederick (6 yrs.) born in Dundee, and Roberta (2 mths.) born in Wemyss.

The publication of his 312 page book in 1899, ‘The Kingdom of Fife, Its Ballads and Legends’, was clearly, not only inspired by his love of his native ‘Kingdom’, but also by the unfailing support of his wife Helen.

Not surprisingly, Helen pre-deceased Robert. But they had enjoyed forty-nine years of happy marriage before Helen died, aged 86, on the 21st of October, 1944 in their house, ‘Lindisfarne’, 40 South Road, Cupar. Robert also lived to a great age before he also died in Cupar, aged 79, on the 19th of March, 1953.

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