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St Fergus's Church,old parish church

A Scheduled Monument in Peterhead North and Rattray, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.5467 / 57°32'48"N

Longitude: -1.8083 / 1°48'29"W

OS Eastings: 411574

OS Northings: 850751

OS Grid: NK115507

Mapcode National: GBR P8WS.47M

Mapcode Global: WHBQ2.6K5Y

Entry Name: St Fergus's Church,old parish church

Scheduled Date: 17 February 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5622

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Ecclesiastical: church

Location: St Fergus

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Peterhead North and Rattray

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire


The monument consists of the remains of a medieval church dedicated to St Fergus, originally the parish church of Inverugie.

The much reduced remains of the church stand in an old graveyard amidst an area of sand-dunes. The church was abandoned when the people moved landward to escape the encroaching sand. In 1603, the presbytery recorded that "Both kirk and kirkyard is ouircassin with the sand." All that survives upstanding of the church are stretches

of the opposing N and S walls.

The area to be scheduled is rectangular, extending 2m from the exterior walls of the church and measuring a maximum of 23.5m by 10.7m, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as an example, albeit incomplete, of a Medieval parish church abandoned in the arly 17th century. It provides evidence and has the potential to provide further evidence, through excavation, which may contribute to our understanding of parish and settlement evolution, ecclesiastical architecture, society and material culture during the later Medieval period.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NK15SW 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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