Fossoway and Tulliebole, Kinross-shire, Scotland Genealogy

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This is a guide to the history and major genealogical records of Scotland as they pertain to the parish of Fossoway & Tulliebole. To learn more about how to use these records to search for your ancestors, go to the Scotland: Research Strategies.

History[edit | edit source]

FOSSOWAY, a parish, in the counties of Kinross and Perth, 6 miles (W.) from Kinross, and 8 (N. E. by E.) from Alloa; containing the villages of Blairingone, Crook of Devon, and Easter and Wester Gartwhinean. This parish includes the ancient parish of Tulliebole, united with it in 1614, and which, forming part of the county of Kinross, divides Fossoway into two separate portions. The church, built in 1806, is a plain edifice in good repair, containing 525 sittings. A church, to which a quoad sacra parish was for a short time assigned, has been erected on a site a little to the east of the village of Blairingone, it was opened for divine service in 1838, and is a neat structure containing 250 sittings.[1]

The New Statistical Account of Scotland (pub. 1834-45) offers uniquely rich and detailed parish reports for the whole of Scotland, covering a vast range of topics including history, agriculture, education, trades, religion and social customs. The reports, written by the parish ministers, are available online at Click on ‘Browse scanned pages’ then search the parish reports for Fossoway & Tulliebole. Also available at the Family History Library.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

A census is a count and description of the population, taken by the government, arranged by locality and by household. Read more about Scotland Census Records.

Click here[low quality link] for a list of the Family History Library microfilm numbers for the census records of Fossoway and Tulliebole.

Below is information on any known surname indexes:

Year Source
1851 FHL book 941.34 X22k, 2 vols.; 6203965 (set of 2 fiche)
1861 None
1871 None
1881 FHL fiche 6086604
1891 None

The 1901 census of Scotland is indexed on To use it, you must register and pay a small access fee. All available censuses, 1841-1901, are indexed on this website. It may be easier for you to pay to use the website rather than access indexes through the library.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

The Established Church of Scotland was Presbyterian. Read more about Scotland Church Records.

Here are the pre-1855 records that exist for this parish.

Established Church—Old Parochial Registers[edit | edit source]

Record Type Years Covered FHL Film Number
Births: 1609-1854 1040185 items 2-4
Marriages: 1609-1822 1040185 items 2-4
Deaths: 1714-1819 1040185 items 2-4
1820-1844 1067897 item 6
Condition of Original Registers—[edit | edit source]

Indexed: For an index to these records, see Scotland’s People website, a pay-for-view website. The Scottish Church Records Index is also still available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  Some records may also be indexed in other FamilySearch collections for Scotland.
Births: Births are intermixed with marriages and other matters until May 1687. The record is blank June 1634–December 1670, May 1687–January 1693, and July 1695–June 1696. The record for 1751–1758 is arranged chronologically and alphabetically by the baptismal names of the children. Mother's names are not recorded until November 1786.
Marriages: Marriages are intermixed with births and other matters until May 1687. The record is chiefly proclamations prior to 1687. The record is blank May 1687–August 1691. From the latter date to 1762 is a record of marriages containing merely the names of the married parties. The record is blank December 1728–April 1730, September 1790–January 1792, and November 1798–February 1815, after which there are only transcribed entries of proclamation fees paid.
Deaths: The record is blank October 1727–January 1745, July 1779–January 1781, and 1790–1793, after which only Mortcloth Dues are recorded.

Source: Key to the Parochial Registers of Scotland, by V. Ben Bloxham, pub. 1970. British Book 941 K23b.

Established Church—Kirk Session Records[edit | edit source]

The Kirk session was the court of the parish. The session was made up of the minister and the land owners and business men of the parish, chosen to serve on the session. The Kirk session dealt with moral issues, minor criminal cases, matters of the poor and education, matters of discipline, and the general concerns of the parish. Kirk session records may also mention births, marriages, and deaths.

Here is a list of the surviving Kirk session records for this parish:

Minutes 1706–1786, 1798–1898
Cash Books 1792–1853
Note: Available at the National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh, record CH2/163.

Nonconformist Church Records[edit | edit source]

A nonconformist church is any church that is not the Established church. Read more about nonconformity in Scotland in the article on the Scotland Church Records Union Lists.

Fossoway Free Church[edit | edit source]

The minister of this parish was enrolled a member of the Free Church at the Disruption and in January 1844, was declared to be no longer a minister of the Free Church. The congregation was organized by the Presbytery of Kinross, and a church was erected. A fruitless attempt was made to unite with the congregation at Blairingone Parish and, when in 1844 the Fossoway congregation called the minister of Blairingone to serve them, the latter was reduced to a preaching station.
Membership: 1848, 197; 1900, 151
Source: Annals of the Free Church of Scotland, 1843-1900, ed. Rev. William Ewing, D.D., 2 vols. pub. 1914. FHL Film #918572. More details may be given in the source including a list of ministers.

Minutes 1844–1964
The call to a new minister signed by member adherents and dated 19 December 1848.

Note: Available at the National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh, record CH3/1060.

Civil Registration Records[edit | edit source]

Government or civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths (also called statutory records) began on January 1, 1855 in Scotland. Each parish has a registrar's office and large cities have several. The records are created by the registrars and copies are sent to the General Register Office in Edinburgh. Annual indexes are then created for the records for the whole country.

See the article on Scotland Civil Registration for more information and to access the records.

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Fossoway & Tulliebole was under the probate jurisdiction of the Commissary Court of St. Andrews until 1823. It was then under the jurisdiction of the Sheriff’s Court of Alloa to 1847 and the Sheriff’s Court of Kinross from 1847. Probate records for 1513-1901 are indexed online at You must register on the website but use of the index to probate records, called 'Wills & Testaments,' is free. You may then purchase a copy of the document or, if the document is before 1823, it will be on microfilm at the Family History Library. To find the microfilm numbers, search in the library catalog for the 'Place' of Kinross and the subject of 'Probate records.' Then click on the link to the records of the Commissariat of St. Andrews.

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  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland (1846), pp. 441-457. Adapted. Date accessed: 17 April 2014.

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