Marnoch, parish, formerly Aberchirder

Grid reference

NJ 594 499 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

359400 849900





Nearby places

St Marnoch's Church, Marnoch (0 miles)

St Marnoch's Well, Marnoch (0.28 miles)

St Marnoch's Ford, Marnoch & Rothiemay (0.32 miles)

Pettrie's Well, Marnoch (0.47 miles)

Ardmeallie, settlement, Marnoch (0.5 miles)

Object Classification

Parish (extant in 1975)


NGR is of ruins of the medieval parish kirk. The modern Marnoch parish kirk is at NJ596502 (ex info. D. Grannd). In the sixteenth century Aberdeen Calendar the saint's feast is recorded, with remarks about the holiness of his life, the presence of his relic (his head) and the popularity of his cult, drawing people from the whole province 'In Scotia Sancti Mernani episcopi et confessoris apud Aberkerdor Morauiensis diocesis, qui ibidem presentis vite miserias non vrbium delicias non vestium decorem non curialem ambicionem sed horrenda carnis afflictione et pauperum continua cura et sollicitudine diem ibidem clausit extremum. Cuius caput et reliquie vt balsamo odorifere vniuerso illius prouincie populo sanitatis et leticie indies prestant incrementa' (Aberdeen Calendar, 261).

Parish details

Marnoch formerly known as Aberchirder

Parish TLA




Medieval diocese


Parish notes

The church was granted to Arbroath Abbey by King William, Gilchrist e. of Mar & Brice bp. of Moray 1203x14 (Arb. Lib. i nos. 1, 33, 100, 205-6, 208). Cowan 1967, 1. No changes noted in Shennan 1892.