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Charity no. SC042128

Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Trust

maintaining Kirkcaldy's heritage for the community


Past and Present

Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Trust was set up in 2010 by a group of local people concerned to preserve the heritage of Kirkcaldy contained in the Old Kirk, after its closure as a place of worship by the Church of Scotland on 7th November 2010.

The "B" listed church was put up for sale in August 2011 and Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Trust was successful in acquiring it to maintain it for community use as a concert hall, community resource, heritage centre and for continuing worship. This was due to the generous financial support from John Sim, whose father was Minister of the Old Kirk. It is hoped thus to preserve the heritage of continuous worship and service for over 800 years.

Kirkcaldy Old Kirk is the site of the first Christian worship in Kirkcaldy after the Celtic missionaries brought the faith here in the 7th century. The first written record of the Kirk is in 1244 when the Roman Catholic Bishop de Bernham consecrated the building to St. Patrick and St. Brisse (St. Bryce) but we know there was a Celtic church there before that. The ancient tower dates from the 15th century.

Many famous and ordinary Kirkcaldy folk are part of this church and town's history and are buried in the surrounding graveyard. Adam Smith was christened as an infant here, and Rev. George Gillespie, an author of the Westminster Confession of Faith, lies underneath the Kirk.

After over 800 years of continuous Christian worship and service to the community at the heart of the town, we in the Trust are seeking to retain this beautiful building for the benefit of the community. We want to preserve that heritage and continue that tradition.

Present and Future

After 8 years of ownership by the Trust, Kirkcaldy Old Kirk has grown into a busy centre for musical events, drama, business meetings and conferences, while retaining Christian worship by local groups every week.

For details of what's on, please consult our Latest News below. 

To hire the Kirk for an event, please leave your enquiry on the contact email form and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Forthcoming Events

Please note at this time due to Coronavirus restrictions we cannot host events or concerts with a live audience. We look forward to the time these can resume!

Links

Virtual Tour of Kirkcaldy Old Kirk

If you didn't make it in to Kirkcaldy Old Kirk on our Doors Open Day weekend (12th and 13th September 2020), why not take a virtual tour now? [virtual tour]

Kirkcaldy Civic Society

 Find out more about the history of our town through events, guided walks and talks detailed on this website - with much more info to read and see! [website]

Historic Stones in Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Graveyard

All the gravestones in the graveyard are recorded. To access these records click on "Historic Gravestones" tab on the left.

National Lottery Heritage Fund

We are grateful to the Heritage Fund and players of the National Lottery for providing us with a Development Grant to fund all the plans and preparations for the Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Tower Restoration for the Community. You can read more about our progress through this past year in preparing a second round application to the Heritage Fund in our Newsletters. Click on Newsletters in the tab on the left. 

We are grateful to our community who have so far donated £1400 to our "Sponsor-a-Step" Appeal to restore the tower steps to the top  There are still plenty of our 100 steps left to sponsor - see how to do it on our "Sponsor-a-Step" page - click the tab on the left.

Architecttural Heritage Fund

Thanks to the AHF we were able to fund the Development Stage of the Tower Restoration Project. You can read more of the work they do in supporting the restoration of historic buildings across Scotland and the UK at this website.  [website]

Join us!

We welcome your contribution to our efforts, whether it be financial, as a volunteer helper, as a community organisation interested in using the Old Kirk or in hiring it as a performance space. If you would like to become a Friend of the Old Kirk and receive news of the Trust's progress please support us with a donation on the Paypal button above and contact us on the link opposite.

drone picture July 2018

Latest News


Posted on: 11-Sep-2020 by
Virtual Tour of Kirkcaldy Old Kirk
For those who didn't make it into Kirkcaldy Old Kirk on our Doors Open Day weekend (12th and 13th September 2020) take a virtual tour at the link further down this page!  [more

Posted on: 7-Sep-2020 by
Doors Open Day - we are open!
On Saturday 12th September between 10am and 3pm, and on Sunday 13th September between 12.30pm and 3pm View the exhibition, climb the tower!  [more

Posted on: 7-Sep-2020 by
Stories From Stones - historic graveyard tour at Kirkcaldy Old Kirk
Group guided tour - up to 5 people at a time - at 2pm on Sunday 13th September to hear the stories of the last fatal duel in Scotland, the witch in the tower and the butler who made his fortune because of a beached whale.  [more

Posted on: 7-Sep-2020 by
In the Footsteps of Adam Smith's Kirkcaldy
Guided walking tour starting at 2pm on Saturday 12th September from the Old Kirk tower where Adam Smith was baptised in 1723. Lasts approximately an hour and a half. Up to 5 people in the group. Please maintain social distancing. Free but donations welcome. 

We welcome your interest and ideas. To contact us please use the contact link below.

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