The original Old Parish Registers (of baptisms / births, proclamations / marriages, and deaths / burials) of the Church of Scotland, which cover the years up to 1854, are held in the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh, and they can all be consulted there at the National Records of Scotland. The baptisms / births, proclamations / marriages and deaths / burials indexes can be searched at the ScotlandsPeople website. Copies of the register entries may be purchased.
Parish reference number: 413
The Old Parish Registers (OPRs) span the following dates (although there are gaps within these ranges):
||Births / baptisms
||Proclamations / marriages
||Deaths / burials / mortcloths
|(Data supplied by the National Records of Scotland)
The Detailed List of the Old Parochial Registers of Scotland, published 1872, provides this information about the content of the OPRs, including the gaps within them:
B. and M. intermixed till 1654. Four leaves imperfect at 1650, and four at 1660.
B. Blank Oct. 1654 - Jan. 1662, from which date there is a separate Record. Blank Oct. 1674 - Oct. 1692, Sept. 1698 - Jan. 1701, and Nov. 1704 - July 1705. Mothers' names not recorded till 1692.
M. Contracts prior to 1654. Blank (exc. entries of indirect reference to M.) June 1654 - July 1669. Contracts and Marriages 1669 - 1684. Blank June 1684 - May 1687, from which date Contracts till 1699. Blank Oct. 1699 - July 1705, and May 1752 - Sept. 1761. No entries Dec. 1781 - Nov. 1783, from which date the M. again occur among the B. Entries more full after 1786.
D. Mortcloth Dues intermixed with other matters till 1760. Blank 1699 - 1706, and 1760 - 1784. Burials 1784 - 1786, then blank till Dec. 1790, from which date Deaths.
Copies of the registers on microfilm may be consulted in some local libraries and at LDS Family Search Centres around the world. The indexes to baptisms / births and proclamations / marriages can also be searched on the LDS Family Search website or on the IGI on microfiche in local libraries.
LDS Library Film Numbers:
|1040152 Items 2 - 3
||Session book (includes Baptisms, 1646-1670, Marriage proclamations, 1646-1699, Mortcloth dues [burial records], 1672-1699); Baptisms, 1662-1674, 1693-1819; Marriages, 1726-1752, 1761-1819; Mortcloth dues, 1782-1792; Burials, 1790-1819.
|1040153 Items 1 - 2
||Session book (includes Marriage proclamations, 1705-1726, Mortcloth dues, 1706-1760); Baptisms, 1820-1855; Marriages, 1820-1848; Burials, 1820- 1854.
|(Data provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)
Deaths / burials are listed on Fife Family History Society's Pre-1855 Fife Deaths CD.
Further information on the main Fife page.
Kirk Session records are held at the Special Collections Dept. of St Andrews University Library, with digital copies at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh. Some Kirk Session material is to be found in the OPR records (413/1 and 413/3).
Heritors' Records (HR82) are at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh.
At the Special Collections Dept. of St Andrews University Library, with digital copies of the earlier volumes at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh:
Carnbee Kirk Session
Minutes and accounts, 1742-1748; Accounts, 1761-1847; Minutes, 1817-1860 and 1905-1971; Cash book, 1847-1971; Communion roll, 1882-1979; Contract between the Earl of Kellie and David Ness, anent building a new church at Carnbee, 1793; Register of marriages, 1849-1977; Two boxes of miscellaneous papers.
Included in the Old Parochial Registers on microfilm and at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh but not online:
- Carnbee Kirk Session
At the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh:
Carnbee parish heritors' records
Minutes, 1787-1930; Cash book, 1847-1930.