Records of Carnbee Free Church, United Free

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1852-1929; Deacon's Court minutes, 1856-1929; Communion roll, 1880-1922; Cash book, 1917-1929; Baptismal register, 1869-1894 and 1908-1926.

Administrative / Biographical History

The church of the Free Church of Carnbee was built and opened in 1845, but the charge, partly due to an attempt to unite the congregation with that of Pittenweem, wasn't sanctioned until 1851. Following the union of the United Presbyterian Church and the Free Church of Scotland in 1900, Carnbee Free Church became Carnbee United Free Church and in 1921 the name of the charge was changed to Carnbee and Bonerbo, due to the existence of a mission hall at Bonerbo. Following the 1929 union of the United Free Church and the Church of Scotland, Carnbee and Bonerbo joined with the parish church congregation of Carnbee, under the name of Carnbee, and in 1950 the Bonerbo mission hall was disposed of. In 1971 the Kirk Session of Carnbee, which sits within the Presbytery of St Andrews, established a link with Pittenweem.

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).

Conditions Governing Access

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 Access to unpublished records less than 30 years old and other records containing confidential information may be restricted.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.

Other Finding Aids

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

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Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist. Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

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