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Ballingry Parish Church

Architectural Fragment (17th Century), Burial Ground, Church (Modern), Bell (17th Century)

Site Name Ballingry Parish Church

Classification Architectural Fragment (17th Century), Burial Ground, Church (Modern), Bell (17th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Ballingry Kirk; St Serf's

Canmore ID 153429

Site Number NT19NE 69

NGR NT 17470 97630

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Fife
  • Parish Ballingry
  • Former Region Fife
  • Former District Dunfermline
  • Former County Fife

Architecture Notes

NT19NE 69 17470 97630

One newspaper cutting (missing at time of upgrade, 1995)


Field Visit (11 May 1928)

Parish Church, Ballingry.

The parish church is modern, but a two-light window of Renaissance design, with mullions and transoms and bearing the date 1661, has been built into a transeptal aisle on the north. On the keystone is a cherub's head, and on the soffit a skull; beneath the former is the inscription: O DEATH WHERE IS THY STING.

BELL. A belfry of 17th-century type, probably removed from the earlier church, surmounts the west gable. It contains a bell, measuring 19 inches in diameter and 21 inches in height, inscribed on the upper part, MALCOLME OF LOCHORE (1) 1658, with the initials I.H.C. in monogram beneath. Round the skirt runs the inscription: FELICES QVOS HAEC BALINGRIA CIMBALA CRISTI (sic) AD PIA SACRA VOCANT: PS . 89 . VER 15 (‘Blessed are they who know the joyful sound of these church bells of Ballingry’) (2).

RCAHMS 1933, visited 11 May 1928

(1) See HISTORICAL NOTE to [RCAHMS 1933] No. 54.

(2) Information from Rev. J. S. Sievwright, Ballingry, the bell being inaccessible. In the monogram I.H.C., which appears more usually in the form I.R.S., the letters Hand C represent the Greek capitals E and S in the name JE(SU)S.

Photographic Survey (1986)

Recording of gravestones in the churchyard of Ballingry Parish Church by Mrs Betty Willsher in 1986.


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