Old Carnbee Parish Church

National Grid Reference (NGR): NO 53100 06500, map


Carnbee Parish Church
KY10 2RU


The medieval church of Carnbee was located on the site of the current parish church, which was built in 1793 and used much of the original stonework from the old church. The present church is surrounded by a burial ground that dates to the medieval church. It is not known when the first grant of Carnbee Church was made, but it is recorded as belonging to Dunfermline Abbey by King Malcolm IV between 1157 and 1160. The church was dedicated by Bishop David de Bernham of St Andrews in 1243. The first minister after the Reformation was a William Scott. 

By 1696 the Presbytery was informed that Carnbee church and manse were 'ruinous' and repairs were made subsequently. The Statistical Account of Scotland in 1791 stated that the church was 'a very old building of gothic construction with pillars' (suggesting there was at least one side aisle). A new church (still in use today) was built in 1793 and available stonework from the old church was re-used, which can be seen in the squared masonry on the south wall which is likely 13th century in date.

J Dowling 2017

Description (exterior)

Description (interior)

People / Organisations:

Pre-reformation Church of ScotlandDenominationUntil 1560
Church of ScotlandDenomination1560-1793


  • Church: Build/construction
    There is no record of when the first church on this site was erected, but it seems likely that this was in the late eleventh or early twelfth century.

Archive References:

Canmore - Online database View Canmore Report Online: 34058
Canmore - Online database View Canmore Report Online: 251055

Bibliographic References:

The Statistical Account of Scotland: Fife 1795Withrington, D.J ; Grant I.R. (eds.)1978(Reprinted 1978 - Regrouped according to county and aranged in alphabetical order) See Section referring to Carnbee