Aberdeenshire SMR - NO89NW0006 - ST MARY'S CHURCH, MARYCULTER

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NameST MARY'S CHURCH, MARYCULTER
NRHE Card No.NO89NW8
NRHE Numlink 37103
HES SM No. 10831
HES LB No.
Site Form Standing Structure
Site Condition Incomplete
Details Remains of church and burial ground. Very little remains of the church beyond its foundations and part of the E gable. A narrow rectangular building with two doors in the S wall. A piscina comprising a fluted bowl, supported by a shaft which rises from a water-holding base of 13th century character, is incorporated in the S wall at the E end of the building, where a number of moulded stones including fragments of windows and doors, may be seen. The rubble enclosing walls of the churchyard average 8ft in height and date from the mid 19th century. Traces of an earlier enclosure may extend beyond the present walls of the burial-ground. Maryculter, one of two houses of the Knights Templar in Scotland, was founded by Walter Byst in the early 13th century. The order was suppressed c1309 but their lands and the parish church remained in the hands of the Knights Hospitallers until 1563/4. The church ceased to function as the parish church in 1787 when it was a rubble stone building with moulded freestone facings. It was robbed of its stones for at least 60 years. A monumental effigy of Gilbert Menzies of Pitfoddels originally came from the churchyard but is now in St Nicholas Church, Aberdeen.
Last Update19/09/2018
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Easting: 384424.454519967, Northing: 799995.241657281

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Monument Types

Monument Type 1Monument Type 2Monument Type 3OrderProbability
GRAVEYARDS  H100
CHURCHES KNIGHTS-TEMPLARA100
CHURCHES REMAINS OFB100
PISCINAS  C100
ENCLOSURES REMAINS OFD100
CHURCHYARDS  E100
STONES MOULDEDF100
EFFIGIESSTONESITE OFG100