Rathven, parish

Grid reference

NJ 444 657 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

344400 865700





Nearby places

St Peter's Church, Rathven (0.09 miles)

St Peter's Fair Ground, Rathven (0.89 miles)

Simon Figgle's Well, Rathven (1.72 miles)

Maryhill Farm, Rathven (2.59 miles)

Marywell Lodge, Rathven (3.44 miles)

Object Classification

Parish (extant in 1975)

Is linear feature?



NGR for the site of St Peter's Church. It wasdemolished in 1794, the only remains being an aisle dating from about 1612 (NMRS).


Parish details


Parish TLA




Medieval diocese


Parish notes

A hospital (‘ad sustentationem leprosorum ibidem Deo servientium’), to which the revenues of the parish church were annexed, was founded here 1224x26 by John Byseth (Moray Reg. no.71). To it was granted by the founder the church of Kiltarlity (ibid. nos. 71-2, 75). These revenues, along with those of Kiltarlity and Dundurcus continued with the hospital till 1445, when at the instance of the then possessor of the hosp., the hosp. and its annexes was erected into a prebend of Aberdeen by Ingeram de Lindsay, bp. of Aberdeen (Abdn. Reg. ii, 253) [? or 1425]; RS 416, 213. The parsonage revenues and those of its pendicles continued to be so annexed, although certain revenues continued to support bedesmen in the hospital, which had never been suppressed (Ass. 393v). The vicarage of Rathven had, on the other hand, been annexed to the provostry of the collegiate church of Cullen on its erection in 1543, the cure thereafter being served by a vicar pensioner (Cramond, Church & Churchyard of Cullen 34-55; RSS iii no.1420; Ass. 393; Thirds, 8). Cowan 1967, 169. Note also Farscan, a church or chapel apparently always united to that of Rathven (Abdn. Reg. ii, 53; RSS ii no.3439). Cowan 1967, 65.