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Dalgety Parish Church

History of Dalgety Parish Church

A village of Dalgety stood at the head of the coastal feature Dalgety bay, but the ivy-clad ruins of the 12th century St. Bridget's Kirk are all that now mark its site. The ruins which are maintained by Historic Scotland, retain many interesting features. The loft remains accessible, and there is a well-preserved 'piscina' by the altar. A piscina is stone wash-basin for ritual rinsing of the communion chalice. In the church grounds facing directly onto the shore are a number of old gravestones and epitaphs. St. Bridget's Kirk was in existence some time before 11 March 1178, as it is mentioned in a Papal Bull written by Pope Alexander III declaring that "The Church at Dalgetty with its appurtenances" be founded. Appropriated at that time by Inchcolm Abbey, it was consecrated in 1244 by David de Bernham, Bishop of St. Andrews. Extract from Dalgety Church History.

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