Maryculter, parish

Grid reference

NO 844 899 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

384400 789900







Nearby places

St Kiaran's Well, Fetteresso (2.43 miles)

Fetteresso, parish (2.72 miles)

St Caran's Church, Fetteresso (2.72 miles)

St Mary's Church, Cowie, Fetteresso (2.96 miles)

Our Lady's Well, Fetteresso (2.96 miles)

Object Classification

Parish (extant in 1975)

Is linear feature?



NGR for Maryculter Old Parish Kirk (NMRS). Note the presence of OS Templars' Park and St Johns Wood close to the kirk , both presumably reflecting the history of appropriation of the chapel, later the church, to the Knights Templars and later the Knights of St John at Torphichen.

Relationships with other parishes

Within Peterculter, parish

Relationships with other places

Contains Maidenfold, Maryculter

Contains Marybank House, Maryculter

Contains Peter's Pot, Peterculter/Maryculter

Parish TLA




Medieval diocese


Parish notes

Originally a chapel within the parish of Culter, this church was founded by the Knights Templars who had been established within the parish 1221 x 1236 (Kelso Liber no. 233). The parish church of Culter had, however, been annexed to Kelso since the reign of David I and a controversy broke out between the abbey and the Templars over the latter's right to have a chapel within the parish. A decision was made in 1287 in favour of the Templars, and this had the ultimate effect of dividing the parish into two, one part of which, Peterculter, remained with Kelso, while Maryculter, the other part, remained, both in parsonage and in vicarage, with the Templars, until it passed with the dissolution of that order, c. 1314 to the knights of St John at Torphichen (Cowan 1967, 143).