St Bridget's Church, Dunnotter

Grid reference

NO 862 851 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

386200 785100





Altitude (metres)




Nearby places

St Caran's Church, Fetteresso (0.69 miles)

Fetteresso, parish (0.69 miles)

St Kiaran's Well, Fetteresso (1.12 miles)

St Ninian's Den, Dunnottar (1.23 miles)

St Ninian's Well, Dunnottar (1.29 miles)

Object Classification



Is linear feature?



The church is close to the Carron Water, which forms the parish boudary. An interesting speculation as to the origin of the dedication (unfortunately without any substantiation) in the late seventeenth or early eighteenth century: ‘The Parish of Dunotir, alias St Brigid the Tutelar Saint thereof, but denominate now from the most eminent thing in it, viz. the Castle of Dunotir. It is very probably that the family of the Keyths having gained their Honours at the Sands of Barry, which was at that time in the Parish of Panbride, where St Brigid was worshipped, were obliged to an Annual Vow or Oblation, and to make a greater Compensation to that Saint, seeing they had no Dwelling contigue to Panbride, they erected this Church in their own territory to St Brigid, and gave the denomination to the same, as a Stone of an ells height four square, with the Keyths Scutcheon on the one side & + B. ARA on the other .... This stone being taken from the Altar, was erected in the said Church ....’ (Geog. Coll. iii, 231).

Relationships with other parishes

Within Dunnottar, parish