Marykirk Churchyard


Near to the southern border of the county Marykirk was originally known as Aberluthnot. The village can boast an ecumenical presence since at least medieval times. In its time it has been home to Episcopalians, United Secessionists, United Presbyterians and Congregationalists!

The graveyard is set back from the main road (A937) and is therefore easily missed as you drive past. Fortunately the presence of the adjoining church, built in 1806, betrays it presence. Parking can be had on the road outside the graveyard, though it is narrow at this point, or round the back via a small lane which runs to one side.

The grounds are in basic good order with the grass tidy and well kept. There is a need however to restrict the growth within the aisle enclosure - though since this is completely sealed off I have no idea how this would be done. The luxuriant growth within must eventually lead to structural damage.  The Barclay of Balmakewan mausoleum and the Taylor of Kirkton enclosure are also suffering the same fate.

Of further historical interest is the presence of a number of tombstones which line the entrance to the graveyard. These are thought to have been place there (on their sides) during a major 'clean up' dating from 1868 - so the act of 'tidying up' is not a new phenomenon. It also demonstrates one of the reasons why stones seen in one era are not found by later generations.

Overall an interesting and historical graveyard with a lot to offer to those who study the history. Well recommended.

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A splendid monumental carving to
be seen at Marykirk