Formerly a salt panning community on the banks of the river Forth, the first panning was undertaken by the monks of Kennetpans Abbey thought to have closed during the reformation c1520s.

In medieval times salt was mainly used for preserving food for the winter months. The salt was obtained by evaporating sea water in large cast iron pans over coal fired furnaces. The practice continued in the local area until the late 18th century. 

At one time there were 35 salt pans in existence between Kennetpans, Kincardine and Culross (Kincardine used to be known as West Pans). This had decreased in number to 23 by 1750. The panning industry was only made possible in this area by its close proximity to some of Scotland's earliest coal pits, Kennetpans being one.

 

 

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"It is difficult to over-estimate the importance of Kennetpans Distillery, founded in the 1720s byJohn Stein  - 'the Father of Commercial Whisky Distilling'. The site is of great importance to the industrial archeological heritage of Scotland. It would be nothing short of a tragedy if the site was left to vanish.”

Charles MacLean, W.S., M.A., LL.B., F.S.A.(Scot)
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