Barry, parish [formlery Fothmuref]

Grid reference

NO 536 344 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

353600 734400





Nearby places

St Helena, Barry (1.78 miles)

Panmure, settlement, Panbride (2.05 miles)

St Bride's Church, Panbride (2.34 miles)

Panbride, parish, alias St Brigid (2.34 miles)

Panbride, settlement, Panbride (2.66 miles)

Object Classification

Parish (extant in 1975)


NGR for Barry Old Parish Kirk, built c.1800, now unused (NMRS).

Relationships with other places

Contains St Helena, Barry

Parish details

Barry formerly Fothmuref.

Parish TLA




Medieval diocese

St Andrews

Parish notes

Known originally as Fethmures (sic), the church was granted to Arbroath abbey by King William 1178 x 89 (Arb. Lib. nos. 1, 21). Lands of F. were granted however to Balmerino abbey by Alexander II on that abbey’s foundation c. 1227 and following upon this, Arbroath was induced in 1230 to lease the church to Balmerino for the annual payment of 40 merks (Balm. Lib. nos. 1, 9; SHS Misc. viii, 5-6). The monks of Balmerino were relieved of this payment through a grant of land in Tarves made to Arbroath by Alexander II in 1235, but the latter continued to be responsible for repairs and episcopal dues, an imposition which caused a protest by Arbroath in 1461 (Arb. Lib. i no. 102; Balm Lib. nos. 70 –1; CPP i, 235; RS 544, 283). This resulted in a fresh agreement in 1464 by which the burden of repairs was lessened, but Arbroath continued to be responsible for certain dues, as well as the presentation and payment of vicar pensioner, who served the cure, while Balmerino continued to enjoy both parsonage and vicarage fruits (Arb. Lib. ii nos. 147, 152, 323, 783; Balm Libl nos. 75, 81; Ass. 70, 331). Cowan 1967, 14-15 (under Barry).