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: 459
The Old Parish Registers (OPRs) span the following dates (although there are gaps within these ranges):
||Births / baptisms
||Proclamations / marriages
||Deaths / burials / mortcloths
||Accounts for marriages 1650-1662
|(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. The entries on the lower half of the first three leaves of the Record either partially or entirely illegible through damp. Blank 1615 - Nov. 1628. From latter date to 1639 mothers' names not recorded. Blank Nov. 1655 - Jan. 1685. Three leaves at 1688 - 1690 imperfect. Blank (exc. four irregular entries) Aug. 1690 - May 1692. Portion 1732 - 1742 has also been injured by damp and moths. Five leaves imperfect at 1742 - 1745. Entries for 1746 on pp. 92, 94, 95 of Record. Blank (exc. one entry) Sept. 1746 - Aug. 1750. Portion of leaf cut off at April 1789. Irregular entries of occasional occurrence.
M. After 11 entries (Feb. to May 1612), Record blank until Dec. 1619. Leaves from 1619 - 1621 partially destroyed by mice, and from 1728 - 1740 injured by damp. From 1619 - 1652 separate entries of Contracts and of Marriages mixed up with other matters. Blank Dec. 1652 - Oct. 1692. From June 1704 the entries generally bear the dates of the Contract, the Proclamation, and the Marriage of the parties. Blank Nov. 1746 - July 1750, and (exc. four entries 1770, and three entries 1777 - 1778) March 1766 - March 1779. Record of 1750 - 1759 incl. in parallel cols. with the Baptisms for the same period.
D. (Burials.) Record prior to 1690 in parallel cols. with Baptisms for same period. Blank Dec. 1690 - March 1782, after which Deaths. Blank also (exc. one entry) Feb. 1791 - Jan. 1793, and (exc. four entries) July 1807 - Feb. 1811.
[The early portion of the B. and M. Register for Anstruther Wester contains entries for the neighbouring parishes of Abercrombie or St Monance, Kilrenny, and Pittenweem.]
[Subsequent to publication of the Detailed List, records were found within other Church of Scotland records (CH2/833/1) which contain Marriages 1650 - 1662. These are now included in the OPR Records as 452/5.]
[Vol. 452/4 contains an index to B. 1838 - 1854 (surname followed by forename of child); an index to M. 1838 - 1854 (both parties' surnames, bridegroom's first); and an index to D. 1832 - 1854 (surname followed by forename).]
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:
||Baptisms, 1611-1614, 1628-1655, 1685-1819; Marriages, 1692-1820; Burials, 1685-1690, 1782- 1821; Session book (includes Marriages proclamations), 1612-1652.
|1040171 Items 1 - 2
||Baptisms, Marriages, 1819-1854; Burials, 1820-1854; Marriage banns, 1650-1660.
|(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 for the parish church (CH2/833) are held at the Special Collections Dept. of St Andrews University Library. Some Kirk Session material is also to be found in the OPR records (452/3).
Heritors' Records (HR68) 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:
Pittenweem Kirk Session
Accounts, 1650-1662 and 1790-1820; Penalties paid, 1650-1661; Debursement of penalties, 1650-1662; Accounts of 'pands' received for marriages, 1650-1662; Minutes, 1653-1655 and 1819-1941; Minutes and accounts, 1685-1816; Scroll minutes, 1895-1942; Scroll minutes and accounts, 1725-1729 and 1738; Treasurer's accounts, 1813-1832 and 1851-1883; Collections, 1814-1823; Baptismal register, 1855-1941; Marriage register, 1855-1941; Charter by Strang, burgess of burgh of Pittenweem, to Susan Lumisdane, 1612; Account of fees paid for proclamations and baptisms, 1827; Miscellaneous papers, 17th and 18th cent; Cash book, 1895-1936; Seat letting book, 1941-1959; Communion roll, 1872-1884 and 1889-1957; Proclamation register, 1941-1980; Congregational Board minutes, 1941-1993.
Included in the Old Parochial Registers on microfilm and at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh but not online:
Pittenweem Kirk Session
Minutes, 1612, 1619-1652
At the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh:
Pittenweem parish heritors' records
Minutes, 1820-1829, 1857-1929; Cash book, 1857-1929; Teind roll, 1948.
Most records of other churches are held by the Special Collections Dept. of St Andrews University Library. Some records are still retained in the churches.
Some of the pre-1855 baptism and marriage registers have been transcribed and published.
At the Special Collections Dept. of St Andrews University Library:
At the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, USA, but available on microfilm at LDS Family History Centres around the world:
Pittenweem, relief, United Presbyterian, United Free, St Fillans Church of Scotland
Minutes, 1814-1941; Manager's and congregational minutes, 1829-1842 and 1845-1941; Baptismal register, 1866-1940; Account book, 1930-1941; Proclamation register, 1936-1940; Communion roll, 1884-1932 and 1935-1941.
- Microfilm no. 104155 Item 7
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Pittenweem Branch
Record of members, 1842-1853.
Records retained by the church:
- The Episcopal Church in Pittenweem (St John's) has registers which are still kept by the church. Those for the period before 1855 are listed below. A transcript of these entries has been published by the Fife Family History Society Baptismal Registers No. 5. It is also available on CD and onthe Recordspages of their website:
|Pittenweem (St John)
||Births / Baptisms
||1799-1852 (few in number)
||1812-1854 (very few)
The Pittenweem page of the LDS Family Search Research Wiki has more information about church history and records.