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: 443
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
|(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 Dec. 1688.
B. blank Dec. 1644 - Jan. 1647 and July 1656 - Sept. 1670. No entries Aug. 1689 - Jan. 1691. After 1766, irregular and interpolated entries are of frequent occurrence. Mothers' names not recorded till Jan. 1723.
M. blank Dec. 1645 - Jan. 1647, Aug. 1656 - Dec. 1670, and Dec. 1688 - March 1693. No entry Dec. 1756 - Dec. 1757.
D. (Burials.) It being impossible to separate the portion 1820 - 1854 from the earlier part of the Record, in consequence of the manner in which it has been kept, the whole has been retained by the Registrar-General.
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:
|1040187 Item 5
||Session book (includes Baptisms, Marriage proclamations) 1636-1643.
||Session book (includes Baptisms, Marriage proclamations), 1643-1656; Baptisms, 1670-1820; Marriages, 1670-1820.
|1040188 Items 1 - 2
||Burials (most are arranged alphabetically), 1767- 1858; Baptisms, Marriages, 1820-1854; Neglected entries (5 baptisms), 1834-1846.
|(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 (443/1).
Heritors' Records (HR372) 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:
Largo Kirk Session
Minutes and accounts, 1670-1689; Minutes, 1691-1751 and 1769-1983; Accounts, 1692-1834; Testimonials, 1768-1781; Burial register, 1796-1837; Miscellaneous papers, 18th and 19th cent; Communion roll, 1851-1954; Congregational board minute book, 1964-1974; Vacancy committee book, 1889-1966; Collections and disbursements, 1834-1933; Cash book, 1933-1984; Seat letting book, 1929-1952; Seat letting cash book, 1928-1961; List of occupants of pews, 1900; Register of marriages, 1855-1864; Proclamations of banns, 1892-1898; Marriages, burials and baptisms, 1900-1958; Minutes of trustees of Simpson Institute, 1894-1984; Minutes of Largo Girl's Guild, 1929-1933; Minutes of Largo Girl's Association, 1933-1950; Special schemes collection book and elder's district book, 1924-1963; Return of statistics, 1906-1928.
The above list of persons who brought testimonials from other parishes from 1767 - 1781, and the list of communicants from 1844 - 1857 have been transcribed and have been published by the Fife Family History Society in their Publication 20.
Included in the Old Parochial Registers on microfilm and at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh but not online:
Largo Kirk Session
At the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh:
Largo parish heritors' records
Minutes, 1835-1931; Accounts, 1835-1931; Papers relating to buildings, 1843-1923; Papers relating to transference to Church of Scotland, 1925-1928; Papers relating to teinds and stipend, 1894, 1906; Plans of church, 1896.