I must confess that I had no idea there were any gravestones in
Drumlithie. They're not listed in any of the normal publications and it
was only by chance that someone mentioned them to me in an e-mail. At
that point I was itching to get there!
Drumlithie village lies in the parish of Glenbervie and bears the
distinction of being the only village in that parish. It was once famed
for its weaving industry - a reminder of which remains in the rather
splendid clock tower just down the street from the Church. Drumlithie
still has many fine old houses and these give a glimpse of the past from
various angles. Of course there are many new houses too but it still
retains a certain charm.
The church of Drumlithie was Episcopalian and it was recorded in 1838
that it had 70 worshipers. Sadly by the time of my visit (2011) it had
ceased to be a place of worship - being closed and boarded up. The
churchyard contains a very small number of gravestones - I counted about
10 memorials including two plaques on a nearby wall. Most of these are
Victorian but the range is wide - the last is dated 2005.
This is very much a hidden gem of a graveyard. I do hope the memorials
will be protected when the church building eventually changes hands.
Well worth a little visit if you are in the area. I suspect you'll be
one of a select few that will know about these memorials.
If you require a specific gravestone photo from the above send me your relevant details and
I'll e-mail you what I have. Contact me
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