St Monans Church, Fife Coast, Scotland

St Monans Church, Fife Coast, Scotland. South elevation.

This evening, I am focusing on St. Monans Parish Church which is located on an elevated position on the Fife Coast overlooking the Firth of Forth. Location is about  50 miles N.E. of Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh.

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.
  • Part of the Church of Scotland and used for Presbyterian worship.
  • The surrounding burial ground is of interest being the last resting place of many local families.
  • Closest church to the sea in Scotland.
  • Close to the route of the Fife Coastal Path.
Inside St Monans Church, Fife, Scotland.

Inside St Monans Church, Fife, Scotland.

Suspended model boat inside St Monans Church, Fife

Suspended model boat inside St Monans Church, Fife

Interior view of St Monans Church, Fife, Scotland

Interior view of St Monans Church, Fife, Scotland

St Monans Church, North elevation.

St Monans Church, North elevation.

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