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Auchtermuchty's name, the field of the pigs, indicates that the community started as an agricultural one. The original field for the pigs was probably cleared from the forest which covered most of Fife, and Scotland, in medieval times. On the higher ground above the marshes of the Howe of Fife the land was fertile. Fife Books.

When the Scottish Monarchs began to stay at Falkland during the 15th century the village of Auchtermuchty started to grow, providing provisions for the Royal Court and accommodations for those who could not find it, or afford it, in Falkland. Thus though agriculture remained the mainstay of the village, by the beginning of the 16th century Auchtermuchty was turning into a commercial center.

The Royal Charter of 1517 allowed the Burgh to hold weekly markets on a Wednesday, and a public fair starting on St. Serf's day, lasting for eight days. The Burgh itself was allowed to buy and sell wine, candlewax, woollen cloth, linen cloth and other merchandise.

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