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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.


Links

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.



Latest News


We're OPEN! to visitors on Fridays and Saturdays in July and August 10.30am -3pm
Come in and view our magnificent stained glass windows and browse our "Stories from Stones" exhibition for 2020. Stay safe - observe 2 metres social distancing and please use hand sanitiser on entry and on leaving.

Our historic building has survived plague, fire and war  - come and hear some of its stories over the years and read the plans for our 15th century tower restoration next year. Take a tour at 2pm, weather permitting.


Stories from Stones - graveyard tours
Fridays in July and August at 2pm. Maximum of 7 per group. Name and contact details required before start. Book on our contact email. Meet - 2m apart! - at tower door.

Hear the stories of our famous and not-so-famous Kirkcaldy folk from the gravestones in the historic surroundings of Kirkcaldy Old Kirk.



Latest News


We're OPEN! to visitors on Fridays and Saturdays in July and August 10.30am -3pm
Posted on: 16-Jul-2020 - Come in and view our magnificent stained glass windows and browse our "Stories from Stones" exhibition for 2020. Stay safe - observe 2 metres social distancing and please use hand sanitiser on entry and on leaving.

Our historic building has survived plague, fire and war  - come and hear some of its stories over the years and read the plans for our 15th century tower restoration next year. Take a tour at 2pm, weather permitting.


Stories from Stones - graveyard tours
Posted on: 9-Jul-2020 - Fridays in July and August at 2pm. Maximum of 7 per group. Name and contact details required before start. Book on our contact email. Meet - 2m apart! - at tower door.

Hear the stories of our famous and not-so-famous Kirkcaldy folk from the gravestones in the historic surroundings of Kirkcaldy Old Kirk.



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 below and contact us on the link opposite.


drone picture July 2018

Latest News


We're OPEN! to visitors on Fridays and Saturdays in July and August 10.30am -3pm
Posted on: 16-Jul-2020 - Come in and view our magnificent stained glass windows and browse our "Stories from Stones" exhibition for 2020. Stay safe - observe 2 metres social distancing and please use hand sanitiser on entry and on leaving.

Our historic building has survived plague, fire and war  - come and hear some of its stories over the years and read the plans for our 15th century tower restoration next year. Take a tour at 2pm, weather permitting.


Stories from Stones - graveyard tours
Posted on: 9-Jul-2020 - Fridays in July and August at 2pm. Maximum of 7 per group. Name and contact details required before start. Book on our contact email. Meet - 2m apart! - at tower door.

Hear the stories of our famous and not-so-famous Kirkcaldy folk from the gravestones in the historic surroundings of Kirkcaldy Old Kirk.



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

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