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The Kirk O'Beath

Beath is a parish in western Fife on the border with Kinross-shire. It is four miles long by three miles broad with a population of 17,263. It is bounded on the north by Cleish in Kinross-shire, on the east by Ballingry, on the south and west by Auchtertool, Aberdour and Dunfermline.

It encompasses the town of Cowdenbeath to the south-east and village of Kelty to the north. The M90 motorway passes through from south to north, with junction 4 with the A909 road in Kelty.

The original Kirk O' Beath in Cowdenbeath was constructed in the 1100s under the jurisdiction of Inchcolm Abbey. It appears to have been an important meeting place during the pre-Reformation period, and was temporarily disused and ruined after 1560. The building was extensively repaired in 1640 and was used until the early 1830s, when it was replaced by the current parish church.

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