Banchory Devenick



Banchory-Devenick Graveyard


A site of great antiquity having been already established by 1157. Dedicated to St Devenick the church underwent repairs in the 1620's by the order of Bishop Forbes. The present church which dominates the graveyard was built in 1822. 

The grounds are adjacent to the South Deeside road and suffer a little from the consequent traffic noise. The grounds however are kept in excellent condition and there are many gravestones worth viewing. Many tablet stones are to be seen, but as usual these are more difficult to decipher than their vertical counterparts.

I visited the graveyard in early Spring and it was very peaceful away from the road, and though I was there for a number of hours I saw no other visitor. The only sound was my own feet and the faint ringing of wind chimes from the garden of Kirkton House. A strange sound to hear in a NE graveyard but not unpleasant at a distance.

The graveyard has been extended twice, the first being to the east of the original graveyard, with a further extension to the south-east. The newest graveyard has bench seating facing south - a nice thoughtful touch.

Parking can be found adjacent to the northern wall of the churchyard or alternatively past the church on the corner. Well worth a visit and recommended.

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Special Note: If you can solve the puzzle of the mirror image 'N's used in the middle gravestone photo shown below I would like to hear from you! Was the mason partly illiterate? Did an apprentice have a template upside down? Or is there a more deliberate reason? Contact me here if you can satisfy my curiosity!

Update on the above - I now have the solution! The answer was fashion! Yes the name that describes all kinds of daft things such as flair trousers and dark green bathroom suites. For a while during the Victorian era it was fashionable to mirror image the letter 'N'. I've seen the same on just two other stones in the NE so it does not seem to have become too popular locally. But then that's fashion for you!


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