A brief History of Kingsbarns
unearthed so far - material welcome
The following interesting account was found at genuki.org.uk
Kingsbarns - circa 1852
"The parish of Kingsbarns lies in the eastern part of the
county, with its eastern side to the German Ocean. Originally it formed part of
Crail, but was separated from that parish in 1631. The village lies on the
public road round the coast, 6.5 miles south-east from St Andrews, and 3.5
miles north from Crail.
It is a thriving little place, and carries on a considerable
manufacture of linens for the Dundee market. The largest and best flag-stones
in the country are obtained near the village, and marble of a fine quality is
met with occasionally.
A little to the east of the harbour are the fragments of a
castle or palace, once the residence of David I, the remains of which consist
chiefly of a wall, now partially enclosing a garden. Pitmilly, a very ancient
seat, stands in the northern part of the parish.
Fairs are held on the first Tuesday in June, and the third
Wednesday in October (old style)."
Historical Records - also provided by genuki.org.uk
The pre-1855 monumental inscriptions for the cemetery are
listed in "Monumental inscriptions (pre-1855) in East Fife" by John F Mitchell
& Sheila Mitchell, published Edinburgh, 1971 (Scottish Genealogy Society).
The current Lair Registers (dating from 1848) are
administered by Fife Council, Cemeteries Department, County Buildings, St
Catherine Street, Cupar KY15 4TA.
The 1851 census has been indexed by the Tay Valley Family
History Society. Their Publications List gives details.
The old parish records span the following dates (although
there may be gaps within these ranges):
OPR Births/baps Marriages Deaths
441/1 1642-1739 1650-1760 1663-1760
441/2 1740-1819 1760-1819 1760-1819
441/3 1820-1854 1820-1854 1820-1854
Data supplied by General Register Office for Scotland
Kirk Session and similar records for the parish church
(CH2/819) are held at the
Dept. of St Andrews University Library. Heritors Records (HR184) are at the
National Archives of
Prior to 1824, wills, testaments & inventories of
residents of Kingsbarns may be found in either the St Andrews Commissariot
(CC20) or the Edinburgh Commissariot (CC8) records. From 1824, commissary
business has been conducted by the Sheriff Court of Fife at Cupar (SC20).
On 15th May 1891, East Newhall and West Newhall were
transferred from the parish of Crail to the parish of Kingsbarns; Grassmiston
and Lochton were transferred from Kingsbarns parish to Crail parish.
Year Popback to
Village Guide up to
* boundary changed