Kirkcaldy Civic Society and Fife Family History Society, joint organisers of the Fife Grave Stones Conference, are delighted with the success of the event which took place on 14 November in Kirkcaldy Old Kirk.   

 An audience of around 60 enjoyed a series of talks from six excellent speakers whose topics ranged from casualties suffered during the construction of the Forth Bridge, the repair of  a wall at Abbotshall Churchyard which led to the discovery of a previously unknown lower level of graves, Scottish death and burial customs, measures taken in the past to protect recently buried corpses from the attentions of bodysnatchers, medieval canopied tombs, and research into the former pupils and staff of Kirkcaldy High School who died in action during WW1 and who are listed on the war memorial in the school.


George Proudfoot of Kirkcaldy Civic Society paid tribute to the late Ann Watters who had initiated the series of conferences in 2004 (this year’s event was the sixth).  He also thanked the exhibitors, the audience, and his fellow organisers – Rosemary Potter and Anne McIntyre of Kirkcaldy Civic Society and Hugh Hoffman of Fife Family History Society.  He looked forward to the next conference in two years time. 


 (The photograph  below shows:

Back row: George Proudfoot (KCS),  Roddy Sneddon (speaker),  Richard Fawcett (speaker), Hugh Hoffman (Fife FHS), Rosemary Potter (KCS)

 Front row: Martyn Gorman (speaker), Margaret Bennett (speaker), Anne McIntyre (KCS)


Fife Gravestone Conference

Fife Gravestone Conference Speakers