Essil.

Associated Chapels: (none known).

OS Ref: NJ 340635   RCAHMS No: NJ36SW 3

In the Deanery of Elgin, the church of St Peter at Essil formed part of the prebend of the Treasurer of the cathedral, from the days when the latter was situated at Spynie (1208x15). However, disputes in the 13th and 14th centuris between the Treasurer and the Priory of Urquhart show that the latter claimed some of the tiends of this parish. The parsonage, however, remained assigned to the Treasurer up to the Reformation,the cure being served by a vicar perpetual.

Only two fragments of wall remain within the graveyard which has been extended and still serves the locality of Speymouth and Kingston.

One of the wall-fragments. Memorial to one of the Grant family.

Across the road from the graveyard was St Peter's Well (NJ 340635) and nearby was St Leonard's Well (NJ336609) known from antiquity and said to have great curative powers. This church stood near the crossing point of the River Spey almost opposite Bellie church on the opposite bank.

The Parish Church was moved to Speymouth in 1730 when the older church of Essil was left to go to ruin and on 14 July 1731 the Commissioners of Teinds united the churches of Essil and Dipple to form the Parish of Speymouth.

 

 

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