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List of names as written Various modes of spelling Authorities for spelling Situation Description remarks
Supposed Site of the KIRK OF KILMOIR 027 Mr. Henderson of the Den Nursery informs me that the Brechin Castle garden here was formed by his father when everything was cleared away - it has since given place to the modern offices. He considers the statement that the old kirk stood here to be reasonably probable.
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The Kirk of Kilmoir and the Kirk of Butherkill" are rated in the taxatio at 5 and 8 merks respectively. The Kirk of Kilmoir, Kilmarie, or St. Mary stood, says the late Revd. [Reverend] Mr. Skinner in a letter to Genl. [General] Hutton, on the North side of the South Esk within a stone throw of the Cathedral and in the Brechin Castle Garden. The site is now occupied by the stables and offices. Alexander Bissat was appointed to the parsonage and vicarage of Kilmoir in 1611.
Site of the KIRK OF BUTHERKILL 027 This knoll is readily identified and the fact of its having been a former place of burial seems to be well known. I was informed at the adjoining cottage that an old woman of 90 who died 2 years ago was often heard to speak of the finding of human remains there.
The Church of Butherkill, or Buthergill stood upon a knoll now planted on the north side of the South Esk, about 200 yards west of the Bridge of Brechin. The ruins of the Kirk, and the old grave stones, were only removed towards the close of last Century and the Manse, an old thatched house, was demolished at a later period. Many of the grave stones are said to have been buried under the ground. I have seen fragments with inscriptions.
There is a fine spring called the Inscen Well at the site of the church. The church gave the name of "Buther-kill" now Burghill to the district. Probably the old name refers to some ancient local Saint. Jervise's Memorials Appendix. P. [Page] 470-1.
(Hill of Burkell - Burkle Hill. Buttergill Hill, Burghill other forms of the same name in Black's Hist: [History] Brechin)
Mr. Black, Town Clerk, remembers perfectly seeing the old grave stones on the knoll, which he considers was the burial ground

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