Three Kings (of Cullen), Rathven

Grid reference

NJ 504 674 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

350400 867400

Latitude

57.69393961259425

Longitude

-2.832130900150405

County

Banffshire

Nearby places

St Charity's Chapel, Rathven (0.35 miles)

St Mary's Well, Cullen (0.53 miles)

St Mary's Well, Rathven (0.61 miles)

Marywell Lodge, Rathven (0.64 miles)

Marywell Cottage, Cullen (0.64 miles)

Object Classification

Coastal

Relief

Is linear feature?

No

Notes

The rocks are clearly thought to recall the Three Kings of the nativity story. The name probably draws on the resemblance between the name of Cullen in medieval Scots (Culane) and Cologne, the famed site of the relics of the Three Kings in the middle ages--whence they were often called "the Three Kings of Cologne". The cult of the Three Kings is explored by Eila Williamson,in Boardman and Williamson (ed.) Saints' Cults in the Celtic World (Woodbridge, 2009), 160-79; see 160 for the rocks.

Relationships with other parishes

Within Rathven, parish