Aberdeenshire Historic Kirkyards Conservation and Repair

Fordyce Kirkyard StonesWith over 150 historic kirkyards widely dispersed throughout the North-East, Aberdeenshire is home to a fascinating collection of memorials and tombstones. Dating from the 13th to the 17th century, the kirkyards have important architectural and historic significance which assists us to understand our local and nation's history.

To prevent further deterioration, a survey was conducted and a comprehensive programme of maintenance and repair adopted to save these key locations for future generations.

This report provided the basis of a programme of maintenance and repair which is ongoing and has seen work carried out on several kirkyards with the assistance of funding from the Heritage Lottery. Further funding in 2008 from the Heritage Lottery Fund allowed this programme of conservation and repair to continue and supported works to Marykirk and Fordyce kirkyards.

Work has been undertaken at the following kirkyards:

Findlater and Boyne Tomb, FordyceFordyce Old Kirk & Kirkyard




Midmar Old KirkMidmar Old Kirk, Midmar


Pitsligo Kirkyard Tablestone Support

Pitsligo Parish Kirkyard, Peathill, Rosehearty


St Ciaran's Kirkyard

St Ciaran's Kirkyard, Fetteresso


St Drostan's Gable End

St Drostan's Kirkyard, Insch




St Marys Chapel Rattray

St Mary's Chapel, Rattray


St Marys Kirkyard, Banff

St Mary's Kirkyard, Banff


Fordoun Stone, Auchenblae

St Palladius's Chapel, Fordoun Parish Kirkyard, Auchenblae


As part of this project, information leaflets have been produced, along with postcards and notelets, to promote the local history and architecture.

In 2007, Aberdeenshire Council was awarded a National Gold Award in recognition of its work to preserve historic kirkyards throughout the area for future generations. The Green Apple Awards are run by The Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-profit organisation that recognises, rewards and promotes environmental best practice around the world.