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Markinch Heritage Group would like to build up a library of articles and documents pertaining to the history and heritage of Markinch and its surroundings.

You can send pictures, video, documents or scanned articles for example. Original research pieces are also actively encouraged for inclusion. Many different formats can be accepted including PowerPoint presentations etc.

Help us create a unique and one-stop resource that anyone across the world can access. Please assist us in this aim by contributing anything you have. We can be contacted via the Contact page.

Please note that all documents presented here are for personal use and research and are not to be used for any commercial purposes.

Burgh of Barony of Markinch 
Read the 1673 Charter

Polish Signals 
Markinch....but where?

Tracking Down Fife's Ancient Legal Centre 
Where was Dalginch?

Newton Geophysical Survey 
Official Geophysical Report by Stefan Froud

In Commemoration of the Ultimate Sacrifice of David Watson Howat 
Originally from Markinch, died at Passchendaele, WW1

William Ballingall (1800-1888) 2nd Ballingall Factor of Balbirnie

The Kirkforthar Ditches

News from the Past March 2013

Graffiti on stones in Markinch tower

Stob Cross & Balbirnie East Lodge 
Photograph and text. Circa?

Lords of Markinch 
The Moultries, Lords of Markinch and Neighbours from Hell?

Newton Farm Dig 
Official Archaeological Report by Rathmell Archaeology for MHG

Andrew Buist (1727-1815) and son Henry 
Heritor and farmer in Markinch

David Imrie (1787-1862) Tenant Farmer & Millmaster of Haughmill & Bankhead

Niel Ballingall (1840-1916) 3rd Ballingall Factor of Balbirnie

News from the Past Aug 2011

News from the Past June 2015

Markinch Hill Boundary Stones

Polish Troops picture 
Parachute Brigade

Markinch Landowners 
Markinch Landowners over 9 centuries

Newton Powerpoint (compressed)
Rathmell PowerPoint Presentation to MHG

George Ballingall (1714-1793) 
Tenant of Rameldry, Kettle

Niel Ballingall (1750-1843) First Ballingall Factor of Balbirnie

Robert Ballingall (1791-1860) A Tribute to His Life & Times

News from the Past Special Edition 2012

News from the Past Dec 2017

Useful Links

12th Century Church Reconstruction Video - This short talk given last year by our own very knowledgeable local researcher Bruce Manson at TAFAC last year gives insight into the importance of Markinch church. It is not surprising that Markinch was on the medieval pilgrim route between Dunfermline and St Andrews and is firmly part of the new Fife Pilgrim Way. Since the talk research has moved forward on the project, with new material and new interpretations emerging. The more recent history of the church is being better understood through documentary analysis, particularly the Session and Heritors' records. Markinch Heritage Group is establishing a fund for future archeological work on the church and fresh finds are expected to modify our existing understanding of this remarkable building. The book 'Macduff's Kirk?', on which the talk is based, is available at Mary McArthur Gents Hairdresser, Markinch. Any problems sourcing it please, contact us.

 Researching the past for our future...... 
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