Fetteresso Graves



Fetteresso Kirk Gravestones...


A number of the gravestones of Fetteresso belong to the 17th century, one with the name defaced being dated 1600. A mutilated slab in the area of the church bearing a shield charged with the Hay arms is inscribed:- "Heir lyes Francis.....son to the laird of wry 1610." The Hays of Errol acquired Ury from the Frasers of Cowie about the year 1413. The burial-place of the Duffs of Fetteresso is in the North-East corner of the church, while the Rickart-Hepburns of Rickarton and the Gordons of Newhall are interred in the North aisle. A stone with the Mowat and Harvey arms impaled bears the inscription:- "Heir lyes a godly and provident man John Mowat sometime in Glithno, who departed 6 July 1655. Isobel Hervy, his verous spous, who departed the 1 of August 1650." A shield bearing the same arms boldly carved, with the initials JM, IH, is built into the East wall of the church. William Cruickshank, tenant in Mountboys and an Elder in the parish, died in 1795 aged 74 years. His tombstone relates that "A consummation devoutly to be wished for by every good man was by the kindness of Providence appointed for him. On his way home from church he was instantly translated without a groan from earth to heaven."

There is a stone in memory of William Moncur, late Sergeant in 71st Regiment of Foot, who after suffering the fatigue and calamity of war in Spain and at Waterloo, died in peace at Toadstack in Fetteresso, the 24th October, 1816, aged 32 years. Appedended to the inscription are the lines:- 

"No force can death resist, no flight can save.
All fall alike, the fearful and the brave.
Live to the Lord, that thou may'st die so too.
To live and die is all ye have to do."

Of Robert Christie, Skaterow, who died in 1856, aged 31, the following pathetic record is given:-

"Pain was my portion, physic was my food.
Sighs was my devotion, Drugs did me no good.
Till Christ my Redeemer, who knows what is best,
To ease me of pain, has taken me to his rest."

The Kirks of Cowie and Fetteresso
by Rev J B Burnett

Old Kirk of Fetteresso