Kennoway Parish Records


Church History

Kennoway church was dedicated to St Kenneth, who first preached the Christian faith in the East of Fife in the 6th cent, and belonged it to the Priory of St Andrews. Records accounting for a church in Kennoway date back to 1177 and ministry is recorded from 1560. The parish church was erected in 1619 and the building remained in use until 1850 when the old church fell into disrepair and the congregation were moved to new premises. During the 18th cent there was a secession church formed in Kennnoway which became known as the Arnot Church. Kennoway Arnot went on to united with the old Parish Church in 1975 under the name of Kennoway. By 1996 the church of Kennoway and the nearby church of Windygates Balgonie had both fallen into vacancy, as a consequence the decision was taken to united the two parishes and in 1997 they joined under the name Kennoway, Windygates and Balgonie St Kenneth's. The parish sits within the Presbytery of Kirkcaldy and formerly the Synod of Fife.

Kennoway United Presbyterian Church originated as a Burgher church formed after a representation to the Burgher Presbytery of Perth and Dunfermline in 1750. The first minister was ordained in 1758. It passed successively to the United Presbyterian and United Free Churches, in the latter case as Kennoway Arnot, which united with Kennoway South under its own name in 1905. The Church of Scotland charge, which was in the presbytery of Kirkcaldy and the synod of Fife, united with Kennoway Old as Kennoway in 1975.

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Church Records

At the National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh:

Included in the Old Parochial Registers on microfilm and at the ScotlandsPeople Centre, Edinburgh but not online:

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Heritors' Records

At the National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh:

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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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