The present church located at
Durris was built in 1822 and consists of a low, plain constructed,
white-harled building. The churchyard is a large one and presently
accommodates approximately 350 gravestones dating from the 18th century
onwards - though a crest above the Mactier family enclosure is dated
1595. It was known to house a number of local thanes, lairds and distinguished
families including the Frasers.
To get to the graveyard from Aberdeen you travel west on the South
Deeside Road (B9077) to Kirkton of Durris where there is a turning to
the right. Travel down this road to the end and you will find a car park
just outside the graveyard. There is ample space and you will have no
About half the stones are twentieth century with the other half
mostly Victorian with just a few being from earlier times. The
gravestones are mostly in good condition with just a few toppled or
broken. There is little sign of vandalism. The grounds are well
maintained with the grass kept reasonably neat and tidy.
Of special interest within the Mactier enclosure is an early 19th
century coffin shaped iron mort-safe (see photo below). This is one of
only two within the district - the other being just a few miles away at
Banchory-Devenick. An important reminder of the steps that had to be
taken to prevent grave robbers!
To the south-east behind the original boundary wall is a modern
extension to the graveyard which is currently in use. It too is well
maintained and a pleasure to look at.
Overall Durris is a pleasant graveyard to visit and I would recommend
it to you.
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