Over the centuries the Pittencrieff Estate had several owners but in 1902, the Hunt family who had owned the estate since 1800 sold it to Andrew Carnegie for £45,000
Andrew Carnegie was born with sight of Pittencrieff Glen in 1835. He emigrated with his family to America in 1848 where he made his fortune in the steel industry of Pittsburgh. When he retired from business he began distributing his fortune to causes and projects around the world such as building libraries and universities. However, he never forgot his home town. He set up the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust to carry out his wishes of creating a recreational park that would bring “sweetness and light” to the toiling masses of Dunfermline.
In his memoir Andrew Carnegie stated “No gift I have made or can ever make can possibly approach that of Pittencrieff Glen Dunfermline”.
In 1976, the Dunfermline Carnegie Trust entered into a management agreement with Fife Council whereby the Council carry out the daily management of the Park.