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CHURCH [parish] Church (Parish) James Bisset Ph. [Parish] School
James Honeyman Collessie
010 [situation] Near the centre of the village of Collessie.
A small but well built parish Church slated and in good repair it is a plain unornamental building with a square tower about fifty feet high it has galleries and other fixed seating for the accommodation of Six Hundred hearers. It was built by the Heritors of the parish in the year 1839. The minister is the Revd. [Reverend] Mr. Williamson. It has a Manse and glebe attached to it. on the side of the is carved [obscured] stone the date 1839. the date of its erection. It was built on the site of the former church and is surrounded by a grave yard which is well enclosed by a high and firmly built stone wall.

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18 Parish of Collessie Plan 10C Trace No. 4

"The parish Church is situated at the village of Collessie but from its being so near the northern boundary of the [parish] is rather inconveniently placed for those residing to the south It is old and of an inconvenient form being long and narrow with the pulpit in the middle and galleries at each end. Some of the old seats are dated so far far back as the fifteenth century The floor is several feet below the level of the surrounding ground which renders it cold and damp and it is much too small for the amount of population."
Note. "We are happy to be able to say however that a new church is about to be erected as soon as the necessary forms with the presbytery have been gone through. It is intended to be a cross church in the Gothic or pointed style." See Leighton's Hist. [History] of Fife Vol.II [Volume 2] p. 106.

[Note] Note. -Since the history of Fife above quoted was written the new church has been built.

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