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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