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Latitude: 56.0978 / 56°5'52"N
Longitude: -3.2757 / 3°16'32"W
OS Eastings: 320739
OS Northings: 690180
OS Grid: NT207901
Mapcode National: GBR 25.MVCV
Mapcode Global: WH6RS.NZCQ
Plus Code: 9C8R3PXF+4P
Entry Name: Churchyard, Auchtertool Parish Church
Listing Name: Auchtertool Parish Church Graveyard, Stones, Boundary Walls, Gatepiers, and Gates
Listing Date: 9 March 2000
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 394251
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46875
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Burntisland, Kinghorn and Western Kirkcaldy
Traditional County: Fife
17th century and later. Rubble walls enclosing church and graveyard. Variety of styles including some 17th century table stones with moulded legs; finest (table only) commemorates David Martin, minister of Auchtertool 1636, relief carving of figure dressed in knee-breeches and gown, with feet on skull. Oldest stone (severely eroded) dated 1604, to James Burnlie, some evidence of his and his wife's crest (see Notes). Emblems on moulded apex stones include spade and shovel flanking vertical hour glass with 'IHGA' and '1788' to obverse. 19th century stones include a small cast obelisk with ropework moulding erected in 1869 by 'JAS DEWAR', and stamped 'Inverkeithing Brickwork'.
BOUNDARY WALLS, GATEPIERS AND GATES: low rubble boundary walls with ball-finialled, square-section ashlar gatepiers and decorative cast-iron gates. Smaller ball-finialled piers flank hooped iron pedestrian gate to S.
Stevenson mentions a book recording the use of 'iron coffin and janker-stone' for 275 burials after 1830 by the Auchtertool Mortsafe Association. The Association was dissolved in 1853. Stevenson also records a story regarding the wife of James Burnlie (1604 stone); her arms showed "a crown, a hammer, and pincers", relating to her blacksmith ancestor who "reversed the shoes of King Robert the Bruce's horse when he was fleeing upon a snowy winter's day before the English".
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