Historical County: Kingdom of Fife
Modern County: Fife
Anstruther is a small fishing town in the East Neuk of Fife. It was reputed to be the most drunken town on the Fife coast in the early 18th century and boasted more than eighty brewsters. This was a considerable increase on the eleven brewers who were fined £10 each in 1679 for irregularities related to the measurement of malt. In 1753 a new quay was built for the harbour and, in order to meet the costs, an Act of Parliament was established by which a tax of two Scots pence was levied on every pint of ale brewed or sold in the burgh.