Church’s search for mystery boy organist

Deacon Sarah McDowall with the organ
Deacon Sarah McDowall with the organ

A search has been launched for a mystery Kirkcaldy man who, as a child, played the organ at Kirkcaldy Methodist Church.

The church, on the town’s St Clair Street, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year and the congregation are trying to locate the mystery organist from the past.

The minister, Deacon Sarah McDowall, explained: “We were researching some events and personalities from our history and discovered that in 1948 the organist was a ten year old boy, John Baillie.

“We don’t know any more about him, other than he lived in Salisbury Street, but we do wonder if he is still around as it would obviously be good to invite him back to join our anniversary celebrations and perhaps even play the organ for us!”

Anyone who can provide any information on John is invited to contact Deacon Sarah by email on or by telephone on (01383) 611000.

Among the events planned as part of the anniversary celebration is an exhibition looking at the church’s past, present and future through stories, pictures and words.

The exhibition will run from Saturday, September 14 to Friday, September 20 from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. each day and noon to 4.00 p.m. on Sunday and from 6.00 to 8.00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18.

Artwork by the children of Pathhead Primary School will be included in the exhibition along with photographs, interviews and other exhibits.

Gavin Grant from the Fife Cultural Trust will give visitors a talk on the new Kirkcaldy Galleries on Wednesday, September 18, at 2.30 p.m.

Deacon Sarah continued: “We aim to be a church in the community and for the community and everyone is invited to look in whenever they can during the exhibition.

“I am sure there will be lots to see which will be of interest to anyone who has a connection with the Gallatown or the Sinclairtown area whether part of the church or not.

“We have exciting plans to redevelop our building which will make it a valuable resource and we look forward to the opportunity to hear from those who live and work around the church.”