Abyrkerdor.

 

Associated Chapels: none known.

OS Ref: NJ 595499   RCAHMS No: NJ54NE 3

The church of Marnoch (St Marnoch) was granted to Arbroath Abbey by William the Lion c.1203x14. Of the old building there is now no trace. It had a chequered history being first a place of Roman Catholic worship, then Episcopalian, then Presbyterian.

Local tradition says that St Marnoch (St Marnan) is buried within the churchyard in the middle of the 7th Century, his relics being preserved and being the object of pilgrimages till the sixteenth century. The church stood on the north side of a ford across the River Deveron called St Marnan's Ford. Nearby is said to have stood a large stone called St Marnan's Chair. Nearby were also two Holy Wells - St Mary's and Our Lady's.

 

Building within the graveyard and the later 'Old Church of Marnoch' on the hill to the right. Interesting memorial to a member of the Gordon family.

 

 

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