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: 435
The Old Parish Registers (OPRs) span the following dates (although there are gaps within these ranges):
||Births / baptisms
||Proclamations / marriages
||Deaths / burials / mortcloths
|Register of Neglected Entries
|(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. B. Only one entry for 1639. Separate Record of B. till July 1645, and of M. till June 1635. M. blank 1635 - April 1640. B. blank July 1645 - July 1646 after which intermixed with M. Both records blank May 1658 - Feb. 1682. At Feb. 1714 are two leaves containing irregular entries of B. (four families) 1705 - 1826. Records blank Sept. 1717 - June 1719.
B. blank July 1721 - Jan. 1723, after which a separate Record. Blank Aug. 1748 - Dec. 1752. Exc. May 1682 - Feb. 1699, mothers' names not recorded till Oct. 1731, and sometimes omitted during the period above stated.
M. blank June 1721 - Jan. 1723, Dec. 1751 - Dec. 1752, and Oct. 1755 - May 1760, after which several leaves imperfect. Leaf at 1794 partially burnt.
D. (Burials) blank June 1723 - Dec. 1735. Separate Records for West and South Divisions of the Churchyard 1735 - 1799; for East Division, 1735 - 1797, and for Burials in the Church, and in Forther's Burial-place, 1721 - 1791. Record blank (exc. one entry for 1808) Jan. 1799 - Feb. 1817.
[The Old Statistical Account (written in 1790) states "The barrow in Forthar is said to have been a regular place of burial, and to have had a church or chapel near it. But of this no vestiges are now extant." This would appear to imply a place of antiquity, rather than one until recently used for burials. The "Forther's Burial-place" referred to in the OPR therefore possibly refers to a part of the church or churchyard.]
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:
|1040114 Items 2 - 4
||Session book (includes baptisms, marriage proclamations), 1636-1658; Baptisms, 1633-1646, 1682-1797; Marriages, 1633-1635, 1682-1721.
||Baptisms (listed by family), 1773-1819; Baptisms, 1797-1854; Marriages, 1723-1854; Session book (includes Marriages, 1701-1705 and Mortcloth dues [burial records]), 1700-1723; Burials, 1719-1722, 1734-1793 (years repeat), 1793-1799, 1808, 1817-1842; Neglected entries (2 baptisms), 1843, 1849.
|(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.
Some of the OPR entries can be searched on the FreeREG site.
Further information on the main Fife page.
Kirk Session records are held at the Special Collections Dept. of St Andrews University Library and at the National Records of Scotland. Some Kirk Session material is to be found in the OPR records (435/1 and 435/4).
Heritors' Records (HR81) 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:
Kettle Kirk Session
Minutes, 1682-1731, 1742-1778; Register of testimonials, 1648-1660; Roll of adherents, 1890-1930; Miscellaneous documents, undated; Accounts, 1731-1843; Minutes, 1881-1930; Communion roll, 1888-1902 and 1925-1939; Stipend, 1782-1840; Cash book, 1778-1788; Deas bequest minutes and accounts, 1861-1897; Baptismal register, 1878-1930.
Included in the Old Parochial Registers on microfilm and at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh but not online:
- Kettle Kirk Session
Minutes, 1633-1658; Minutes and Collections, 1691-1694.
At the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh:
Kettle parish heritors' records
Minutes, 1732-1928; Cash book, 1854-1930; Papers relating to transference of property to Church of Scotland, 1927-1928; Correspondence, 1709-1930; Plan of manse, undated.