Kirkmichael

 

Associated Chapels: Carndale (St Bridget)

OS Ref: NJ 144239   RCAHMS No: NJ12SW 37

The parish of Kirkmichael was at the outer edges of the Diocese - the furthest away as you travel up the River Avon. Sometimes known as Lethenmichael it was part of the Deanery of Strathspey. Shaw records that there was an ancient stone cross here. Tranter also says that "St Michael's Cross stood on the site where churches have been since the thirteenth century."

"St Michael's Cross" Reverse view.

The cross is said to have been a 'market cross' but its design, and the fact that it bears a dedication, points to an earlier date and use.

The present church is at least the third to occupy the site and was built in 1807, although much dates from after a disastrous fire in 1951. A great deal of the stone used in this re-build came from the old Free Church at nearby Craggan. The church building has recently been sold and is in the process of being converted into a dwelling house.

There was an associated chapel - St Bridget's - at Wester Camdel, Carndale (now Tomintoul.)

 

 

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