St. Monans Church, Fife Coast

St. Monans Church, Fife Coast, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on St. Monans Parish Church which is located on an elevated position overlooking the Firth of Forth. This historic church is usually open and welcomes visitors.Some key historic and other facts:

  • May be named after an Irish missionary Monanus or Monans who may have visited the area around AD 832 and is reported to have been slain by Danish invaders about AD 875.
  • The church was commissioned by King David II ( 1329-1371) on site of a previous church. Building took place between 1362 and 1370 and cost 750 Scots pounds.
  • Prior to 1477 the building was granted to Dominican Friars.
  • Burned by English invaders in 1544.
  • Became Parish Church in 1646.
  • From 1646-1848 the choir alone was used for worship.
  • Major restoration work undertaken in 1955.
  • The interior now contains various piscinas, a vaulted stone roof over the choir with heraldic shields,a  fully rigged ship of 1800 and a plaque showing the arms of St Monans dating from 1792.
  • Used for Presbyterian worship.
  • The surrounding graveyard is of interest being the last resting place of many local families.

Here is the interior showing the model of a c 1800 ship.

Inside St Monans Church, Fife Coast

Inside St Monans Church, Fife Coast, Scotland

 

Inside St Monans Church, Fife Coast

Inside St Monans Church, Fife Coast, Scotland

 

This church is something of a ‘hidden gem’ which I try to incorporate in my tours of the Fife Coast whenever possible.

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