Abbotshall Parish Records


Church History

There is more information about some churches on the Dysart and Kirkcaldy pages.

An authoritative book is Kirkcaldy's Churches, 1999, Kirkcaldy Civic Society, ISBN 0946294178, available from Fife Family History Society. The much briefer historical notes below were provided by the Scottish Archive Network (SCAN).

The kirk session of Abbotshall was first formed in 1650 when it was disjoined from the parish of Kirkcaldy. Ministry at Abbotshall is recorded from the same year in the person of Patrick Wemyss. The name of the new parish was derived from the fact that one of the Abbots of Dunfermline was reputed to have built a summer house on the site where the church now stands. Kirkcaldy Abbotshall was united with Kirkcaldy Raith in 1962 under the name of Kirkcaldy Abbotshall. Abbotshall Kirk Session sits within the Presbytery of Kirkcaldy and formerly the Synod of Fife.

Kirkcaldy, Abbotshall Free Church was formed at the Disruption, when the minister and a large part of the congregation adhered to the free Church. It passed successively to the United Free Church and the Church of Scotland, in the latter case as Kirkcaldy Abbotsrood Hayfield. The church was later sold and a hall-church provided by the Church Extension Scheme (dedicated 1950). It united with Kirkcaldy Dunnikier under that name in 1967. The Church of Scotland charge was in the presbytery of Kirkcaldy and the synod of Fife.

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Church Records

At the National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh:

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Court Records

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Heritors' Records

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Land & Property

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Occupations

At the Kirkcaldy Museum, War Memorial Gardens, Kirkcaldy, Fife KY1 1YG:

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Parochial Board  /  Parish Council Records

At the Fife Council Archive Centre, Markinch:

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School Records

At the Fife Council Archive Centre, Markinch:

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Taxation

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Town Records

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Voting Registers

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Data provided by the  Scottish Archive Network (SCAN)