Rait, former parish, Kilspindie

Grid reference

NO 227 268 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

322700 726800







Nearby places

St Peter's Wishing Well, Kilspindie (0.5 miles)

Kilspindie, settlement Kilspindie (0.84 miles)

Kilspindie, parish (0.84 miles)

Kilspindie, eccl. Kilspindie (0.84 miles)

Ladywell, settlement Kilspindie (1.16 miles)

Object Classification

Parish (non-extant in 1975)

Is linear feature?



NGR for Rait Old Parish Church, which began life as a chapel of Scone (Scon. Liber no. 45).

Relationships with other parishes

Within Kilspindie, parish

Within Scone, parish (formerly)

Relationships with other places

Contains Lady Well, well Kilspindie

Contains Ladywell, settlement Kilspindie

Parish details

Rait now part of Kilspindie KSP

Parish TLA


Medieval diocese

St Andrews

Parish notes

Originally a chapel of Scone SCE, it passed to the priory of Scone on latter’s foundation by Alexander I. It was still a pendicle of Scone in 1395 [but what about mid 13th c. rentals?], but appears to have gained parochial status in 15th c.. Scone Lib. nos. 5, 18, 26 [but no direct refs. to Rait - they simply say that Scone Abbey gets the whole teind of the parish of Scone]. It was united with Kilspindie ‘before 1620’ Rogers 1992, 184’; but in fact the union must have taken place before 1561 (see Scone Lib. p.221). See also Rogers 1992, 131, 184 and map p.130. The lordships of Rait and Kinfauns were leased to Scone Abbey by Alexander II (1233x41) for an annual rent, but these lands did not remain with the abbey and were granted to other lords in the 14th c. (Rogers 1992, 131; refs. in footnote 36 p.192). Alexander II’s charter also mentions Scone’s grange of Rait (Scone Lib. no. 75). The dedication of the kirk of Rait is unknown. However, the farm-name Ladywell NO21 27 further up the valley at whose mouth the kirk and settlement of Rait is situated suggests that the dedication may have been to BVM. The well itself is on the Rait Burn, which runs past the kirk about 1.5 km downstream.