St. Finnian's Church, Lochgelly

National Grid Reference (NGR): NT 17940 92940, map


Lumphinnans Road


St Finnian's Church is located on the busy road between the west end of Lochgelly and the small village of Lumphinnans, and overlooks a golf course and park land to the north. There is modern housing to the south. The church borders the road to the south and has a car parking area on the north side.   The church was constructed in 1937-8 by the architects Smart, Stewart & Mitchell.

Description (exterior)

St Finnian's is a loosely cruciform plan church, aligned east-west. It has harled walls with brick and concrete dressing stones and crowsteps, and the roofs are slated. The main entrance is at the west end of the south elevation, through a gabled porch with a deeply-recessed round-arched doorway. Towards the east end of the south elevation is a small transept arm, again gabled and with a rectangular slit window. The nave and chancel areas of the church have small round-arched windows with sturdy buttresses inbetween. The west gable of the church features a small round-ended apse with three small rectangular windows. The opposite east gable has a three-light window with round-arch openings and stained glass, protected by metal grating. The north elevation at the rear of the church features matching round-arch windows and buttresses as found in the south elevation. A single-storey transept arm extends out from the church and forms a link to the two-storey manse, which stands to the north. This link may also serve as the session house and/or vestry of the church.

JD 2017

Description (interior)

The small west apse was created from what was previously a baptistery and a hall has been created out of the two west bays of the nave.  The three-light eastern window and the single light window in the vestry are by stained glass artist Margaret Chilton (Gifford). 

People / Organisations:

Scottish EpiscopalDenomination1938-NOW
Smart, Stewart & MitchellArchitect1937-1938David Smart, Donald Alexander Stewart and Robert Matthew Mitchell owned the architect practice "Smart, Stewart & Mitchell" which ran from 1924 until after 1949. They were responsible for St. Finnian's Episcopal church in Lochgelly (site no: 6109)


  • Church: Build/construction (1937 to 1938)
    This building was constructed by architect firm Smart, Stewart & Mitchell.
  • Church: Installed (1949)
    In the Lady Chapel, now turned into the vestry, a second window was inserted by Margaret Chilton.
  • Church: Installed (1950)
    East window of stained glass by Margaret Chilton. Three lights. Theme: Christ the High priest.

Archive References:

Dictionary of Scottish Architects - Online databaseReference: M002133
Dictionary of Scottish Architects - Online databaseReference: M023057
Scottish Church Heritage Research Archive - Offline databaseReference: 6109

Bibliographic References:

Buildings of Scotland: FifeGifford, J1988p. 314