Meathie-Lour, former parish, Inverarity

Grid reference

NO 465 462 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

346500 746200







Nearby places

Inverarity, parish (1.48 miles)

Martinshade, Forfar (2 miles)

Kirkbuddo, former parish, Inverarity (2.55 miles)

Kirkbuddo, eccles. Kirkbuddo, Inverarity (2.55 miles)

Kinnettles, parish (2.74 miles)

Object Classification

Parish (non-extant in 1975)

Is linear feature?



NGR for the remains of Meathie Church as shown on OS Digimap.

Relationships with other parishes

Within Inverarity, parish

Parish details

Meathie-Lour now part of Inverarity INY

Parish TLA


Medieval diocese

St Andrews

Parish notes

Inverarity INY now includes the medieval parish of Meathie-Lour MHX. Meathie NO465466 [site of church marked near ‘Mains of East Meathie’ on O.S. One-Inch map 1946, but not since (Adam 1993, 48). Note that this now simply ‘Easter Meathie’ on latest O.S. Landranger (1990s). See my notes for Robin Adam’s unpublished map of this area + his article ‘Meathie-Lour: a parish exploration’, RSCHS, 1993, 41-67 (= Adam 1993), for details of medieval boundaries etc. (esp. 48ff). Meathie-Lour was united with Inverarity sometime in later 17th c. (Adam 1993, 46-7). As late as 1725 the new parish was styled ‘Meathie and Inverarity’ (ibid. 47). Eister Methie Lour commonly called Kirktoun of Methie 1639 SRO, RS34/1, FS, fos.198r-201r Adam son of Abraham ‘de Lura’ gives 3 acres ‘terre in Lura cum tofto uno ..cum communi pastura 4 bobus et totidem uaccis et duobus equis et 40 ouibus [oxen, kye, horses, sheep]. c.1200 St A. Lib. 276 [given in perpetual alms to St Andrews priory] Dauid Ruffus de Forfare grants to Coupar Abbey ‘terram meam de’ Kincref ‘que fuit Ede’[i.e. Adam’s of Lour] which I held from Adam son of Abraham of Lur + part of the territory of Lur which Adam had given him additionally by the following marches: ex occidentali parte magne uie que ducit de Inuerarethin ad Forfar usque ad diuisas inter Lur et Mathin ubi quidam fons oritur et sicut riuulus qui exit de fonte descendit in Gethin and as the Gethin descends into Kerbet [The Kerbat Water]. And on the south side where a certain other spring rises which is the march between Lur and Inuerarethin and as the burn which flows from that same spring descends into Kerbet, with the common pasture of Lur to be held in perpetual alms, for the annual rent to Adam and his heirs of 2 and a half marks silver, for all service except for the forinsec service of the king, as much as pertains to ‘unam dauac de Kincref et quantum pertinet ad decimam partem duarum dauacarum in Lur + has given Ierlin [Airlie] to said monastery. 1201 C.A. Chrs. i, no.xi. Note that most of the above is also found in ibid. no.x (c.1201xMarch 1271), which has Kincrey x 3. Inuerarethyn’ c.1250 Dunf. Reg. no.313 FOR A COMMENT ON THESE BOUNDARIES, SEE ADAM 1993, 50.