Basic Site Details

Name: Kirkcaldy Free Church
Town, district or village: Kirkcaldy
City or county: Fife
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: St. Brycedale Free Church, Kirkcaldy, was opened last week. The church is built in the English Gothic style of the I2th and 13th centuries, and is said to be the finest ecclesiastical edifice in Fife. The spire, founded on rock, rises to the height of 200ft. above the ground, and is seen from all parts of the burgh. The building is oblong, and is seated for 1150 persons. [Building News 25 March 1881 p327]

Cost of church excluding site: 17,000. See separate entry for the earlier Kirkcaldy Free Church which was superseded by this building.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 3St Brycedale ChurchYes 
Item 2 of 3St Brycedale Free Church  
Item 3 of 3St Brycedale UF Church  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Church  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2Kirk WyndYes 
Item 2 of 2St Brycedale AvenueYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 41876 or 1877  Competition held
Item 2 of 415 June 1878 Foundation stone 
Item 3 of 4August 1881 Opened 
Item 4 of 41893  Alterations


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 8(Sir) Robert Rowand AndersonArchitect 1876 or 1877 Unsuccessful competition entry
Item 2 of 8James MatthewsArchitect 1876 or 18771881Won competition and secured job
Item 3 of 8John HoneymanArchitect, Builder 1876 or 1877 Unsuccessful competition entry
Item 4 of 8Campbell Douglas & SellarsArchitectural practiceB1876 or 1877 Unsuccessful competition entry
Item 5 of 8James SellarsArchitect, ValuerB1876 or 1877 Unsuccessful competition entry
Item 6 of 8Walter Douglas CampbellArchitectB1876 or 1877 Unsuccessful competition entry
Item 7 of 8James Ross GillespieArchitectC1893 Alterations - with Scott as assistant, prior to partnership
Item 8 of 8James ScottArchitectC1893 Alterations - as assistant to Gillespie, prior to partnership


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 5Ewing, W Annals of the Free Church  Volume II, p 146
Item 2 of 5Groome, Francis H1883Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland   
Item 3 of 5Livingstone, P K1957St Brycedale Church, Kirkcaldy Kirkcaldy: The Allen Lithographic Company Limited 
Item 4 of 5Pride, Glen L1999The Kingdom of Fife2nd EditionThe Rutland Pressp52
Item 5 of 5RSA1879   965 & 971 (Anderson)

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 7Architect1877XVII p 186
Item 2 of 7Architect1878XX p 78
Item 3 of 7British Architect10 August 1877VIII p 76
Item 4 of 7British Architect19 July 1878X p 33
Item 5 of 7Builder1878XXXVI p 790
Item 6 of 7Building Newsc. 1876XXXVI p 167
Item 7 of 7Building News25 March 1881XL p 327

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 5Edinburgh University LibraryAnderson Collection (Plans and drawings)  
Item 2 of 5Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register36373 
Item 3 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSGillespie & Scott List No 110
Item 4 of 5St Andrews University LibraryJames Gillespie and Scott Archive Bundle 100
Item 5 of 5Viewfield House, Old Perth Rd, Inverness (1990)A Marshall Mackenzie & Marr Office List (held by John G Marr in 1960)