St Adrian/All Saints Church, Isle of May

Grid reference

NT 654 993 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

365400 699300







Nearby places

St Andrew's Well, Isle of May, ANR (0.14 miles)

St Maolrubha's Chapel, Crail (5.69 miles)

Holy Cross Kirk, eccles. Crail (5.86 miles)

Crail, parish (5.86 miles)

St Ayle's Chapel, Anstruther Easter (5.91 miles)

Object Classification


Is linear feature?



Though we have no actual medieval occurrence of a place-name attesting the dedication, the church on this island was apparently dedicated to St Ethernan, as suggested by a grant 'to Saint Ethernan of May' (Sancto Ydernino de Mai) in 1140 x 1159 by Earl Gospatrick of Dunbar (Taylor & Markus iii, 67), but this dedication appears to have been displaced by one to All Saints (David I Chrs. no. 132) as early as 1145 x 1153. The All Saints dedication may have displaced the Ethernan dedication as a result of the takeover of the Isle of May by the monks of Reading 'to replace a local and, from a Reading perspective, uncouth cult' (Taylor & Markus iii, 71). The Ethernan cult persisted in spite of this, a 'light of St Ethernan' surviving on the island.

Relationships with other parishes

Within Anstruther Wester, parish