Kiltarlity, former parish, K & Convinth

Grid reference

NH 497 439 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

249700 843900







Nearby places

Kiltarlity, eccles. Kiltarlity & Convinth (0 miles)

Kiltarlity Cottage, settlement, Kiltarlity (0.2 miles)

Kilmorack, parish (0.31 miles)

Kilmorack church, Kilmorack (0.31 miles)

Kilmorack, settlement Kilmorack (0.4 miles)

Object Classification

Parish (non-extant in 1975)

Is linear feature?


Relationships with other parishes

Within Kiltarlity and Convinth, parish

Parish details

Kiltarlity part of Kiltarlity & Convinth CTX KCV. United c. 1500 (Fasti. 468).

Parish TLA


Medieval diocese


Parish notes

Granted by John Bisset to his newly founded hospital of Rathven BNF 1224 x 26, the church of Kiltarlity was confirmed to the uses of the hospital in 1226. In the following year the church was recognised as lying within the diocese of Moray (Moray Reg. nos. 71-2. 75). The patronage thereafter remained annexed to Rathven, its revenues being utilised with those of the hospital and its other annexes to found a prebend of Aberdeen cathedral in 1445 (Abdn. Reg. ii, 253; RS, 416, 213). The cure was a vicarage perpetual at the Reformation, while the revenues of the benefice of Rathven were utilised to support a staller in Aberdeen cathedral and six bedesmen of the hospital, which was still in use (Ass, 249v, 303v; RSS, xliv, 71). Cowan 1967, 109. Cowan does not mention the earliest reference to the church of Kiltarlity, which occurs in Moray Reg. no. 258, when, following a controversy between Robert bishop of Ross (1214-49) and John Bisset anent the right of patronage of Kyntalargy (Kiltarlity), the bishop quitclaims his right of patronage of Kiltarlity to John Bisset, who in turn quitclaims his right in the church land of Kiltarlity, and grants 15 merks of silver to the fabric of the church of St Peter of Rosmarkyn (Rosemarkie) and one stone of wax yearly from himself and his heirs for the lighting of the altar of the said church, in return for prayers said in the cathedral. This charter must precede ibid. nos. 71-2, 75. The parish of Kiltarlity was much smaller than that of Convinth, and included the lands of Eskadale, Fanellan, Culburnie. The medieval kirk of Kiltarlity, the ruins of which still exist, lay on the south bank of the River Beauly, just below the Falls of Ess (now the site of a hydroelectric power station), and close by the medieval kirk of Kilmorack, which stood on a bluff on the north side of the river above the same falls. The present parish kirk of Kiltarlity and Convinth is at Tomnacross, formerly in Convinth parish. Kiltarlity and Convinth parishes were united c. 1500 (Fasti. 468), and the parish today is usually referred to simply as Kiltarlity.