Fife Council Archive Centre

Carleton House, Balgonie Road, Markinch, KY7 6AQ. Tel. 01592 583352. email: Andrew.Dowsey@fife.gov.uk
Opening hours:
Mon - Fri : 9 - 5 (by appointment)

The Archive Centre houses the records of Fife Council and its predecessors, the records of many Fife burghs, those of the Glenrothes Development Corporation and the Rothes estate papers.

Many other Fife archives are stored elsewhere. For advice on what records are available and where they can be consulted, contact the archivist, Andrew Dowsey.

On your first visit, please bring proof of identity to allow the issue of a reader's ticket.

The catalogue can be searched on the Fife Council website (select  A in the A-Z list, then  Archives). [For any given search, the online catalogue search only returns the first 200 hits, so some manipulation of search terms is required to ensure all relevant entries are found.]

Main holdings:

County records:

Records for all of Fife (from 1709) of the public bodies that carried out the functions which Fife Council still looks after today including roads maintenance, bridges, schools, police, etc. The records include:

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Burgh & Town Council Records

Some records are held for Anstruther, Auchtermuchty, Buckhaven and Methil, Burntisland, Crail, Culross, Cupar, Dysart, Falkland, Kilrenny, Kinghorn, Kirkcaldy, Leslie, Leven, Markinch, Newburgh, Newport-on-Tay, Pittenweem, St Andrews and St Monans.

N.B. The main record holdings of most of these burghs are in other archives. 

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Glenrothes Development Corporation (1948-1975):

Rothes Papers:

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Burial records:

Quarter Sessions records:

Hospital Records (mostly administrative files including minute books, accounts and annual reports):

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Other records:

An excellent guide to the location of pre-1900 archive material of genealogical and local historical importance is "The Archives of Fife" by Andrew Campbell, published 1997, which is available from the Fife Family History Society or the Tay Valley Family History Society. It is a comprehensive guide to the records in all the Fife repositories including the Council Archive Centre (although the records it lists as being held at Fife House, Kirkcaldy Town House and ASDARC in Cardenden are all now held at the Council Archive Centre).

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