Laurencekirk Churchyard


Originally in an area known as Conveth, the present church of Laurencekirk is located at the northern end of the town. The name Laurencekirk is thought to have originated from Lawrence of Canterbury who visited the land of the Picts about 605-619AD. The first church was built here in 1626 and eventually replaced with the present building in 1804. The surrounding village in its present location was began about 1770.

The church itself seems to be in good physical condition with nice touches such as the potted flowers seen on my visit near the entrance bringing a colourful and caring touch to the place. Well done to the person(s) responsible. The churchyard itself is roughly rectangular in shape and on level ground. It is however surrounded on all sides by the backs of shops, offices, houses and semi-industrial establishments. Despite this it is an oasis of peace and quiet. The grounds are well kept apart from some overgrowing shrubbery near the back and round one or two of the more grand epitaphs. The tranquility of the place however hides a sad truth. There is a sparse look to the graveyard with many spaces and therein lies a clue. Since the epitaphs were recorded in 1871 over half of them have 'disappeared'. Vigorous upkeep can lead to broken and toppled stones simply being removed or buried, to the great loss of future generations. It is a dilemma that faces every graveyard, but it is sad to see the results of such wholesale destruction. A lesson for us all to record what we can and to try and preserve what is left.

Access is easy with ample parking on the streets nearby. Main entrance is from the main road (A94) all marked and not difficult to find. As discussed above the graveyard is somewhat sparse but there are some good examples of Victorian gravestone designs that are well worth viewing. Definitely worth a browse.

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An impressive monument to be seen
at Laurencekirk Churchyard