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A brief History of Kingsbarns
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The following interesting account was found at :-

Kingsbarns - circa 1852

Slaters Directory

"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


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.

Church Records

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 Manuscripts Dept. of St Andrews University Library. Heritors Records (HR184) are at the National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh.

Court Records

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).

Historical Geography

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   Pop
1755   871
1801   832
1851   893
1901   652 * boundary changed
1951   511

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