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: 438
The Old Parish Registers (OPRs) span the following dates (although there are gaps within these ranges):
||Births / baptisms
||Proclamations / marriages
||Deaths / burials / mortcloths
|Register of Neglected Entries
||1845 (2 entries)
|(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 throughout. Leaves of Record prior to 1696 very much wasted, and many entries partially or entirely destroyed. Blank Nov. 1660 - Aug. 1677, Sept. 1680 - Nov. 1688; and circa 1696 - July 1712. Portion circa 1688 - 1696 very much wasted.
D. Exc. a few entries of Burials, circa 1688 - 1696, among the B. and M., no Record till May 1753. No entries Nov. 1782 - Nov. 1783, from which date till Oct. 1791, D. recorded among the B. and M. Separate Record after Nov. 1791, in which particulars connected with the last illness of the deceased are frequently stated.
[The early portion of the B. and M. Register for Anstruther Wester contains entries for the neighbouring parishes of Abercrombie or St Monance, Kilrenny, and Pittenweem.]
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:
|1040166 Items 3 - 5
||Session book (includes baptisms, marriage proclamations), 1647- 1660, 1677-1696; Baptisms, Marriages, 1712-1854; Burials, 1754-1854; Neglected entries (2 baptisms), 1845.
|(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 (438/1).
Heritors' Records (HR21) 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:
Kilrenny Kirk Session
Minutes, 1712-1939; Accounts, 1791-1819, 1830-1846 and 1861-1931; Decreet of modification and locality, 1823; Marriages, 1865-1872; Proclamations, 1872-1952; Seat rents, 1882-1898; Roll of communicants certified as electoral roll, 1878; Communion roll, 1875-1905.
Cellardyke Kirk Session
Minutes, 1881-1933; Congregational board minutes, 1932-1989; Account book, 1881-1942.
Included in the Old Parochial Registers on microfilm and at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh but not online:
Kilrenny Kirk Session
Minutes 1648-60, 1677-79, 1680, 1688-c.1696.
At the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh:
Kilrenny parish heritors' records
Minutes, 1761-1929; Accounts, 1761-1929; Papers relating to buildings, 1915-1925; Papers relating to transference to Church of Scotland, 1926-1929; Miscellaneous papers, 1861-1884; Plan of glebe, 1900.