Records of St Monans Free Church, United Free Church, Braehead

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1870-1939; Deacon's court minutes, 1884-1939; Baptismal register, 1895-1939; Proclamations, 1933-1939.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Free Church of St Monans (St Monance) began service in 1869, initially under the charge of the Kirk Session of Elie. The church was built in the following year and the charge was later sanctioned in 1878. Following the union of the United Presbyterian Church and the Free Church of Scotland in 1900, St Monans Free Church became St Monans United Free Church, and following the 1929 union of the Church of Scotland and the United Free Church the charge was termed St Monans Braehead, Church of Scotland. In 1939 St Monans Braehead was joined with the old parish church of St Monans, under the name of St Monans, and the old Braehead Church was sold in 1947. The Kirk Session of St Monans, which was linked in 1983 with Largoward, sits within the Presbytery of St Andrews.

Sources: John Alexander Lamb, The Fasti of the United Free Church of Scotland 1900-1929 (Edinburgh, 1956); W. Ewing, Annals of the Free Church of Scotland, 1843-1900 (Edinburgh, 1914), Vol II; Hew Scott and others (ed.), Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae, vols. 9-11 (Edinburgh, 1915-2000).

Access Information

By appointment with the Archivist. Access to unpublished records less than 30 years old and other records containing confidential information may be restricted. Special conditions apply to photographs.

Acquisition Information

Held under charge and superintendence of the Keeper of Records for Scotland.


Description compiled by Rachel Hart, Archives Hub Project, based on description created by Lesley Doig and modified by Alan Borthwick, Scottish Archive Network project.

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Typescript catalogue available in St Andrews University Library Department of Special Collections and in National Archives of Scotland search rooms.

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