The Upper Kirk of St Cyrus located on the high
ground of Brae Heads was established about 1632. The present building
occupying the site dates from 1850 and is surrounded on three side by
the graveyard. At the front is a large memorial cross to those who fell in the
two world wars.
East of the church within the graveyard lies the
Lauriston aisle, part of the 17th century church. It is unroofed but
there is a lovely arch to be seen at one end.
There are many stones within the graveyard though
these are mostly mid-Victorian onwards. Most of them are in very good
condition and there are some splendid examples. One or two are
beautifully carved. A newer extension can be found to the east of the main
churchyard which is in current use.
The grounds are in very good condition though
there were some stones lying on their faces. Since my visit there have
been reports of vandalism at this site with a number of stones pushed
over. Let's hope the authorities and the good people of St Cyrus clamp
down on this before it gets worse.
The church lies on the outskirts of the village
of St Cyrus. Follow the coastal road south of Stonehaven (A92) and you
will find the road passes right through it. The church steeple can be
seen from some distance away. Parking is easy in front of the church.
Worth a visit if you have ancestors from the
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