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: 448
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 1687. Records prior to 1725 very much wasted. Blank Feb. 1657 - Sept. 1658, July 1679 - July 1682, July 1684 - Nov. 1686, Aug. 1689 - Aug. 1690, Aug. 1696 - Jan. 1698. After May 1747, entries of children of Seceders, 1738 - 1748. Duplicate of Record of B. 1725 - 1749. Page of irregular entries 1799 - 1810, at June 1806; also entries 1823 - 1854, on four pp. at end of 1814. Mothers' names seldom recorded till 1666, and occasionally omitted till about 1682.
M. Prior to 1687 intermixed with B. Blank Dec. 1687 - Aug. 1690. No entries June 1696 - Nov. 1697. Blank Nov. 1754 - July 1761. Record before 1725 much injured by damp.
D. Four entries for 1685. Regular Record commences Oct. 1697. Blank April 1720 - Jan, 1738, June 1751 - Jan. 1753, and (exc. three entries) Oct. 1754 - March 1784. Only two entries Aug. 1786 - Jan. 1817.
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:
|1040338 Items 1 - 3
||Session book (includes baptisms, marriage proclamations), 1656- 1685; Baptisms, 1685-1854; Marriages, 1685-1754, 1761-1861; Burials, 1685, 1697-1720, 1738-1754, 1780-1790, 1817-1835, 1844, 1853-1854.
|(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 and similar records are held at the Special Collections Dept. of St Andrews University Library. Some Kirk Session material is to be found in the OPR records (448/1).
Heritors' Records (HR432) 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:
Monimail Kirk Session
Minutes, 1631-1644, 1690-1699, 1705-1706, 1725-1823 and 1826-1908; Accounts, 1686-1751, 1765-1800, 1804-1820 and 1870-1944; Heritor's minutes, 1724-1728 and 1840-1875; Baptismal register, 1874-1894; Proclamation register, 1861-1944; Communion roll, 1848-1862, 1886-1934 and 1936-1953.
Included in the Old Parochial Registers on microfilm and at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh but not online:
Monimail Kirk Session
At the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh:
Monimail parish heritors' records
Minutes, 1793-1804, 1810-1840, 1876-1927; Accounts, 1810-1840, 1875-1927.