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St Caran's Church St Caran's Church (In Ruins) Memorials of Angus & Mearns
Land of the Lindsays
017.03 "This Church was dedicated to St Caran, bishop, whose feast day is variously stated as the 21st. December, and the 10th. of the Kalends of January. Collect. [Collections] on Aberd. [Aberdeen] and Banff, 550, Reg. Ep. Aberd. [Registrum Episcopatus Aberdonensis] 1. pref. [preface] 86, Proceed. of So. of Antiq of Scot. [Proceedings of Society of Antiquaries of Scotland], II, 272." (Memorials of Angus and Mearns.)

"The church of 'Fethiressach' and chapel or the Kirk of Cowie, were in the diocese of St Andrews, and rated at twenty marks in the ancient Taxatio. The Kirk was inscribed to St. Caran, and the chapel to the Virgin Mary. The latter was given to Marischal College, Aberdeen, by Earl George the founder of that university, and the ruins which stand on a cliff by the sea side, are exceedingly picturesque. The old kirk of Fetteresso is also a ruin." (Land of the Lindsays. Page 318)

"The former parish church was situated close on the Southern boundary, rather more than a mile from Stonehaven. It must have been very ancient, but without any claim to architectural importance. Its walls still remain, having been purchased by Mr Duff of Fetteresso, and it is not likely that they will be demolished but by the hand of time. Although its length was curtailed in 1720, when a small aisle was built opposite the pulpit, it still was in length 94 feet, while its width was only 19. In 1813, an excellent new church, fitted to accommodate 1400 sitters, was erected, near Stonehaven, and, at the same time, a corresponding manse. There is attached to the former church an extensive burial ground, in which, on an average of Seventeen years past, Seventy-Six corpses have been annually laid. (New. Stat Act. [Statistical Account] Page 265.)

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Parish of Fetteresso

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