Vicarsford Cemetery was opened in August 1894 to serve the Parish of Forgan and Burgh of Newport after the kirkyard at Forgan (half a mile to the east) was full.
= Forgan Kirkyard
= Vicarsford Cemetery
Forgan Kirkyard had been in use for several centuries, but by 1883 the Heritors & Parochial Board were seeking additional space - either by extending the existing kirkyard or by choosing another site. Space was so limited, that some Forgan inhabitants bought lairs in Ferryport-on-Craig Cemetery (in Tayport) which opened in 1887. After much searching and argument, land was eventually purchased (actually in Leuchars parish) and Vicarsford Cemetery, half a mile west of the existing kirkyard, was opened in August 1894. It is believed that no new lairs were created at Forgan although existing lairs continued to be used.
- The aim of these pages is to provide a listing of the older stones in the cemetery.
- This cemetery is still in use and burials take place regularly.
- These pages have a list of the purchased lairs and a lair plan, as at early 2022, together with a note of the inscriptions on the stones. It is not possible to continue to update these pages because of the number of new burials.
- The names recorded on the older stones, and the surnames of the purchasers of the lairs are all indexed.
- The headstone inscriptions are given here as a set of notes, full inscriptions have not been recorded.
- There are only a few photographs here. However, Find A Grave has photos of nearly all the stones.
- There is a copy of the original 1894 Rules & Regulations in the Library.
- The information here could not have been provided without the assistance of Alan Reid, to whom many thanks are due.
- The cemetery is managed by Fife Council, Bereavement Services.
The Leng Memorial Chapel
The memorial chapel was constructed between 1895 and 1897 by local architect Thomas Martin Cappon for the Leng family and in particular as a memorial for Lady Leng. The chapel is based largely on La Saint Chappelle in Paris although on a smaller scale. The chapel is not a regular place of worship and is in fact non-denominational.
Canmore page (National Record of the Historic Environment, Scotland)