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: 417
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:
From 1685 till 1693 B. M. and D. are entered in parallel cols. of the same pages.
M. Contracts and Marriages, 1655 - 1684 inclusive, separately recorded. M. and D. are recorded in parallel cols. after 1693. Separate Record containing Contracts of M. 1685 - 1779.
D. (Burials.) Blank Nov. 1693 - Jan. 1750. After Jan. 1753, the entries occur on occasional pp. of the Record containing Contracts for same period.
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:
|1040156 Item 4
||Baptisms, 1684-1725; Marriages, 1655-1725; Burials, 1684-1693.
||Baptisms, 1725-1820; Marriages, 1725-1820; Burials, 1739-1741, 1783; Session book (includes Marriage proclamations) 1685-1736.
|1040099 Items 1 - 3
||Session book (includes Mortcloth dues [burial records], 1752-1779 and Marriage proclamations), 1736-1779; Burials, 1750-1758, 1769-1793; Baptisms, Marriages, 1820-1857.
|(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 (417/3, 417/4 and 417/5).
Heritors' Records (HR242) 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:
Crail Kirk Session
Minutes, 1648-1684 and 1790-1937; Baptisms, 1811-1815, 1819-1837 and 1856-1915; Marriages, 1818-1831 and 1856-1915; Accounts, 1782-1833 and 1840-1920; Church door collection, 1841-1888.
Included in the Old Parochial Registers on microfilm and at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh but not online:
- Crail Kirk Session
At the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh:
Crail parish heritors' records
Minutes, 1807-1815, 1819-1853, 1859-1929; Cash book, 1819-1853, 1869-1927; Accounts, 1927-1929; Vouchers, 1807-1845, 1864-1867; Papers relating to transference to Church of Scotland, 1927-1929; Miscellaneous, 1815, 1819, 1903-1904, 1932; Plans of manse, 1919.