The Age of Sail in Everything: the Trafalgar Inn


I thought I was finished writing about Fife, but I was wrong, because as I walked up a very rural road on Saturday, on my way to climb some small hills, I suddenly found myself looking at this sign.

Trafalgar junction

A sign at the other side of the junction explains the name – the crossroads was the site of a coaching inn, built in 1803, and then renamed for the battle.

Whatever the impact of the battle on the wider war, I’m always struck by the impact it obviously had on minds across the whole country, or countries – this is a long way from any port, and a long long way from the Southern naval bases.

Trafalgar Inn sign

The inn building itself is a bit shy and doesn’t want to have its picture taken, but it still has the name.

Old Trafalgar Inn

Towards the end of the day I was up at the Hopetoun monument on Mount Hill, erected in memory of the 4th Earl of Hopetoun, who died in 1823.

Hopetoun monument

A description I read helpfully described him as ‘the Peninsular war hero’, but I don’t really know enough about the war on land to understand the importance of his role. Still, he seems to have been well thought of, because it’s a good monument!

Hopetoun monument inscription

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