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: 343
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. Record appears to have been regularly kept. Mothers' names not recorded till Oct. 1667, and not unfrequently omitted 1672 - 1700 incl.
M. Portion of second leaf lost. Record 1653 - 1661 very much wasted, large portions of the leaves being decayed, and from 1661 to Aug. 1670, it is entirely lost. Only three entries Nov. 1698 - July 1700. Blank Jan. 1734 - April 1746, and only one entry, 1811, Dec. 1807 - Dec. 1812. No entry June 1818 - May 1820. After 1706 (exc. 1746 - 1754 incl.) the fact of Marriage is seldom added to the entries of Proclamation or Contract.
D. Blank Dec. 1641 - May 1647, and Nov. 1648 - Aug. 1667. Only one entry July 1674 - Nov. 1679.
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:
|1040076 Item 5
||Baptisms 1641-1687, marriages 1640- 1686, and burials 1667-1685
||Baptisms 1687-1819, marriages 1687- 1820; kirk sessions which contain baptisms, marriages and burials 1820-1854; and surname index to baptisms 1687-1819.
|(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 National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh.
Heritors' Records (HR158) are at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh.
At the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh:
Culross Abbey Kirk Session, Culross Abbey and Torryburn Kirk Session
Minutes, 1630-1662, 1676-1684 and 1693-1943; Cash book, 1886-1974; Collections etc., 1962-1967; FWO cash book, 1966 and 1973-1975; Baptismal register 1937-1965; Proclamation registers, 1942-1977, Deaths and funerals, 1855-1893; Communion rolls, 1879-1953 and 1963-1987; Inventory compiled by Rev. John Gordon, 1909.
Culross parish heritors' records
Minutes, 1755-1927; Cash book, 1846-1912; Accounts, 1905-1927; Papers relating to buildings, 1907-1927; Papers relating to transference to Church of Scotland, 1925-1926; Plans of church, 1905-1920, undated.