Kirkcaldy, Fife

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) was schoolmaster at Kirkcaldy, and there is a plaque on his lodgings in Kirk Wynd. Here he translated Legendre's Elements de Geometrie in 1822 for David Brewster (whose name appeared in the book as editor, without mentioning Carlyle). This book later had several American adaptations going through at least 36 American editions and largely determined US geometry teaching well into the C20.

Adam Smith (1723-1790) was born in Kirkcaldy and retired here in 1767. There is a plaque on the site of his house, 220 High Street, where he lived until 1737 and from 1767 to 1778. The actual house, where he wrote Wealth of Nations (1776), was demolished in 1844. A wall survives and a path is called Adam Smith's Close.

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