Postponement of all events

Posted on March 17th, 2020

Please note that all NQHT events are postponed as of 17th March 2020.

We will follow NHS and Scottish Government advice.
Normal service will resume whenever possible.

Website updates – Golf Course and Duel Stone

Posted on February 1st, 2020

The Golf Course

We have added a whole new section on the history of the Ferryhills Golf Course from 1890 to 1940.

It took longer than we expected to tease out all the strands of this tale to make a coherent story. We hope your enjoy it.

There are still some gaps in the story, especially the period from 1920 to 1940.

If you know of anyone who might have old records from that period – Club Handbooks, trophies or any other mementoes – please ask them to get in touch so that we can add to the story.

Please contact us by email to


The Duel Stone

We have also added a page about the Duel Stone, which commemorates a duel from 1824 – claimed to be the last duel fought in Fife.

Since the stone was laid in 1987, this claim been superseded by a later duel fought in 1826 outside Kinghorn.

Our web-page tells the story of both duels – one about a horse race, the other with a client’s bank manager!


2020 – A Happy New Year

Posted on January 3rd, 2020

A Happy New Year to everyone from NQHT

Looking back at 2019 . . .

We had record numbers of visitors to the Light Tower and Railway Station last year.

The Light Tower has attracted visitors from 88 countries in total from May 2010 to October 2020.

Abu Dhabi, Albania, Argentina,
Australia [by states: Canberra, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia], Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria,
Canada by Provence: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Saskatchewan.
Chile, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, England, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates (Dubai)
USA [by state: Arizona, California, Colorado, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington State, Wisconsin.],
Venezuela, Wales, Yemen, Zimbabwe

Here are some of their comments in the Light Tower Visitors’ book

Amazing and beautiful – Japan
Well looked after site – Local
Fantastic wee place – Local
3 Great Bridges – Local
Stunning – Romania
Absolutely charming – California, USA
Fascinating – must bring the family – West Lothian
Awesome – Maryland, USA
What a lovely place – Cyprus
Lovely wee lighthouse – Essex
A very special place – Australia
First time in Scotland. Wow, just wow! – London
Love Scotland – Australia
Magnificent – Wales
Lighting the way – Adelaide, Australia
Love the history – USA
Lovely wee place, very nicely kept – Local
Thank you for this exhibit – Germany
Wow – France
Beautiful place – Venezuela
Beautiful Scotland – Estonia
Well maintained and informative – Gloucester
Class – Local
Spectacular – Spain
Congratulations on your amazing work – Luxembourg
Classic – Abu Dhabi
Excellent to learn about such an iconic site, thanks – Uttoxeter
Thank you so much for all the information – Austria
Bellissimo – Italy

And the station attracted visitors from 73 countries

Africa, Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Madagascar, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea ,Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, USA, Uzbekistan.

Here are some of their comments in the Station Visitors’ Book

Love your country. Always dreamt of coming here. Love you Scotland – Columbia and Brazil
I love this place – Mexico
Love this bridge – Texas, USA
Fascinating Display – Scotland
Great Train Ride – England
In order to see the bridge I came here – Japan
Lovely place, will be back – Scotland
Love the old fireplace – Scotland
Outstanding – Scotland
Impressive – Japan
What a magnificent structure – Forth Bridge – England
Amazing feat of engineering – Australia
A taste of real heritage – Australia
So big, so wonderful – Japan
Came for a day trip – wasn’t disappointed, beautiful place – England
Love this place too – Florida USA
Beautiful place and people – Ohio USA
Excellent – more stations should be the same – England
Simply stunning – England
Top marks – excellent example of how a railway station should be kept- England
“Wow” – magnificent view – France
Most fantastic bridge in the world – England
Marvellous bridge, beautiful place – Greece
Amazing views and beautiful bridge – Japan
Beautiful station / friendly staff – England
Lovely place / amazing scenery . beautiful people – will be back – Kenya

Looking Forward to 2020 . . .

Famous Artists Exhibition now on-line

From June 2019, North Queensferry Heritage Trust presented an exhibition dedicated to the world famous artistic talents of: JMW Turner, Charles Martin Hardie, Martin Hardie, Sir John Lavery, and Terence Cuneo

The exhibition is now closed, but all the material is available on-line HERE

Steaming Forth in 2020 . . .

Our first exhibition of the year will open in January at the Railway Station

Steaming Forth – the joy of steam & The Forth Bridge.

See Steaming Forth . . . for full details

June 2019 News

Posted on June 12th, 2019

Artists with links to North Queensferry

North Queensferry Heritage Trust presents an exhibition dedicated to the world famous artistic talents of:

J.M.W. Turner who sketched scenes around North Queensferry,
Charles Martin Hardie lived and worked in North Queensferry,
his nephew, Martin Hardie, visited Charles and created images around North Queensferry,
Sir John Lavery a war artist, captured scenes around North Queensferry,
and Terence Cuneo the railway artist, painted the Flying Scotsman on the Forth Bridge

– supported by local artists of today.

We are grateful to the Royal Collection Trust, National Galleries of Scotland, Abbotsford Trust, Cuneo Estate, Imperial War Museum, Science and Society Picture Library, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Trustees of the Tate, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Irvine Burns Club, The Royal Caledonian Curling Club and a local sponsor who wishes to remain anonymous.

The exhibition is hosted in the Forth Bridge Heritage Centre at North Queensferry Station and will run until October 2019

Code Competition Winners

We are delighted to announce the four winners of our code-breaking competition.

They are:
Jamie Henshaw from Edinburgh
Jemma McCauley from Edinburgh
Mino Maneshaw from North Queensferry
Walter Allen Griffith from North Berwick

Congratulations – they will each receive a £25 Amazon gift voucher.

The answers were:

1. Signal Flags – enemy in sight action stations
2. Morse Code – the war was over and it only remained for the actors to take their bows to leave the stage and in due course to read their press notices
3. Pig pen code – your country needs them; we will remember them
4. Word search – torpedo
5. number substitution – keep the home fires burning
6. Alphabet reversal – its a long way to Tipperary; pack up your troubles in your old kit bag
7. Arrays of letters – battle cruisers ready for action, guns manned, fire

Fleet Surrender Exhibition now on-line

Our exhibition commemorating the Surrender of the German High Seas Fleet in the River Forth on November 21st 1918 will close at the end of March 2019.

Please send an email to if you would like to see the exhibition in the Railway Station

You can now view an expanded version of the exhibition on-line HERE

This includes all of the printed material from the original exhibition, plus audio recordings and video clips.

The Fortification of the Firth of Forth

While we were working on the Fleet Surrender exhibition, Gordon Barclay very kindly supplied some invaluable material from his research into the Fortifications of the Firth of Forth. The outcome of that work is a new book co-authored with Ron Morris

GORDON J BARCLAY was Principal Inspector and Head of Policy at Historic Scotland. His previous publications include If Hitler Comes: Preparing for Invasion: Scotland 1940 (2013).

RON MORRIS has been involved in the exploration and conservation of the Forth’s defence and natural heritage for many years. His previous publications include Defending St Kilda (2013).

This new book tells the story of the evolution of the defences of the Forth to accommodate the Grand Fleet in World War I, and the re-armament in 1939 at the outbreak of WWII.

It is available to order HERE.

The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland who published the book have kindly offered NQHT members a 20% discount and free UK shipping.

Please send an email to NQHT at for the discount code.

Gordon and Ron presented a short lecture on the book at the Archaeological Research in Progress (ARP 2017) national day conference on Saturday 27th May 2017 at the National Museums Scotland auditorium, Edinburgh. You can watch a recording of the lecture HERE

New Virtual Reality Panoramic Tour

Thanks to some amazing work by James Gentles, we now have a 3D panoramic tour of the interior of the light room.

You can find this on the Light Tower menu, under HERITAGE or just click HERE

James has created a Tour of James Clark Maxwell’s House

Fleet Surrender Exhibition and Guided Walks

Posted on January 19th, 2019

Fleet Surrender Exhibition

Opening Times 2019

During 2019 the The Fleet Surrender Exhibition will be open by appointment on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm.

Please send an email to to request a viewing time.

Military-themed Expert-led Walks

We will recommence the expert-led guided walks in Spring 2019. Watch this space for details.

Please note this does NOT affect John Done’s guided Nature Walks. The first of these will be on Saturday 5th January 2019. Please meet John at the Railway Station (where you can shelter in the Waiting room) at 10.00 am.

Web site update

19th January 2019

We have added a new page on the history of Admiralty House, formerly known as St Margaret’s Hope, based on a set of notes from Bob Cubin.

Bob’s history stops in 1992. If you can help us fill in the history since then, please send an email to

Website update November 2018

Posted on November 8th, 2018

We have updated the section on the scuttling of the surrendered ships at Scapa Flow

And added a new section on how they were subsequently raised, and then towed to Rosyth to be scrapped.

Website update – October 2018

Posted on October 22nd, 2018

The Submarine Miners Song – now on YouTube

The Commander of the volunteers who ran the Submarine Mining station at Port Laing was Henry Cadell.

Dr Henry Moubray Cadell of Grange, DL FRSE LLD (1860 – 1934) was a Scottish geologist and geographer, noted for his work on the Moine Thrust, the oil-shale fields of West Lothian, and his experiments in mountain building published in 1888. He also travelled extensively abroad, for example in 1899 he travelled the length of the Irrawaddy River in Burma. He is especially remembered for his working models, explaining geomorphology, the science relating to the folding of rock beds. He was also a competent amateur artist, and musician.

His father was a mining industrialist with considerable lands and company interests in Linlithgowshire and Stirlingshire. He was raised at the family home of Grange House (built 1564) near Bo’ness.

His great, great grandfather was the pioneering industrialist William Cadell, co-founder of the Carron Iron Works.

While commanding the submarine miners, he wrote two company songs.
Both are included on the Port Laing webpage.

The first is to the tune of “The Hundred Pipers an’ a'”

The second, he both wrote the words and composed the tune. It has possibly not been played since the 19th century, but is now available on YouTube.

Appendix on electrical operation of mines

We have also added an Appendix to the Submarine Mining webpage. This explains the electrical operation of the mines.

A Global Destination

Posted on October 2nd, 2018

“The Light Tower used to be a beacon guiding travellers across the Forth, now it is a beacon drawing visitors from around the World”

– Caitlin Harder, art student 2018, on reading entries in the light tower visitors’ book.

The number of countries keeps on growing from our opening in May 2010, we reached 43 by February 2017, then 64 by August 2017 and 76 by September 2018.

You can see the full list on the Light Tower News web page.

Web site updates August 2018

Posted on August 4th, 2018

Surrender of the German High Seas Fleet

As this year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, in November, North Queensferry Heritage Trust will present an exhibition in the Railway Station on what was the last act of the war – the Surrender of the German High Seas Fleet in the Firth of Forth, November 21st 1918.

We have added lots of new content to the web-site as background material to the events at the end of 1918.

Please report any problems by email –

Web site updates April 2018

Posted on April 14th, 2018

We have completely rewritten the web-site to make it much more useable on smart-phones and tablets as well as PCs.

Each page should now reformat to match the screen on your device.

Feedback is welcome by email to

We have added a new page about the WWI Ferry Barns Kite Balloon Station
and a page about the Welldean Catch Points that prevented a disaster in 1954

Both of these are under our Heritage page.