Fordyce, parish

Grid reference

NJ 555 638 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

355500 863800





Nearby places

St Talorgan's Church, Fordyce (0 miles)

St Tarquin's Well, Fordyce (0.12 miles)

St John's Church, Episcopal, Fordyce (2.32 miles)

St Columba's Chapel, Fordyce (2.32 miles)

St Comb's Well, Portsoy, Fordyce (2.64 miles)

Object Classification

Parish (extant in 1975)

Is linear feature?


Parish details


Parish TLA




Medieval diocese


Parish notes

The church, of which Cullen CLN, Deskford DSK & Ordiquhill ORD were pendicles, was a common church of the canons of Aberdeen cathedral before 1272 and so continued. Both parsonage & vicarage were annexed, the church itself being served by a vicar pensioner and its pendicles by curates. (Abdn. Reg. i, 29-30, 74-5, 82; ii, 384; GRH Papal Bulls no.70; Ass. 385, 385v). Cowan 1967, 68. Fordyce BNF - St Colm’s Fair, Forbes, 1872, 306-7. Also a chapel at Aird, Fordyce bore his name ACDS-NS, 44. This is presumably the same as ‘the chapel & well named after Columba’ in Portsoy, which MacKinlay mistakenly lists as separate. See also Portsoy below. [Portsoy, Fordyce BNF - a chapel & well named after Columba. ACDS-NS, 44. MacKinlay calls Portsoy a parish, but it is in fact in Fordyce - this must be the same chapel that he mentions as being at Aird in Fordyce - which is in fact right on outskirts of Portsoy.] Chruch dedicated to ‘Talaricanus’, celebrated Abdn. Mart.. Oct. 30, [from early 16th c. - see Forbes Kalendars xxxiv & PSAS ii] which says that he is culted ‘apud ecclesiam de Fordis’ (Forbes 136). The Abdn. Brev.mentions only one specific place connected with him : ‘patronus de Fridressor[um]’ (fo.cxxxiv verso). It has him coming from Ireland (fo.cxxxiv verso), and states that there are churches dedicated to him in dioceses of Aberdeen, Moray & Ross (cxxxv recto). Note that there was a ‘New Summaruff’s Fair’ held in parish. See ACDS-NS, 176.