Kingoldrum, parish

Grid reference

NO 334 550 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

333400 755000





Nearby places

St Madden's, settlement, Airlie (2.19 miles)

St Madden's Well, Airlie (2.19 miles)

Balbrydie, settlement, Kirriemuir (2.26 miles)

Chapel of St John, Baikie, Airlie (2.32 miles)

St Maddan's Church, Airlie (2.53 miles)

Object Classification

Parish (extant in 1975)

Is linear feature?


Relationships with other places

Contains St Meddan's Ridge, Kingoldrum

Parish details


Parish TLA




Medieval diocese


Parish notes

Granted to the uses of Arbroath Abbey by Turpin bp. of Brechin 1178x98, the church had been granted to the abbey on its foundation in 1178 by King William (Arb. Lib. i nos. 1, 178, 180; ii App. no.1). Confirmations of this church continued to be made by successive bishops of Brechin till the episcopate of Bishop Albin when controversy broke out over this and other five churches, which the bishops claimed a pertaining to their mensa. This was apparently resolved in 1248 when the bishop renounced all right in these churches and a vicarage settlement followed (ibid. i nos. 185-7, 239-40, 243; RS 544, 93v). The controversy still continued however, and eventually William de Lamberton bp. of St Andrews (as arbitrator) decided in 1304 that of the 6 churches in dispute those of Caterline and Maryton should belong to the bishop of Brechin, while those of Panbride, Monikie, Dunnichen and Kingoldrum should pertain to Arbroath Abbey (Arb. Lib. i no.244; RS 544, 93v). The suits were renewed in 1461, 1467 and 1517 when the bishop of Brechin attempted once more to regain all the churches, but the agreement of 1304 appears to have been maintained, the parsonage of Kingoldrum remaining with Arbroath at the Reformation, while the cure was a vicarage perpetual (RS 615, 272; Ass. 345; Arb. Lib. ii 135-6, 543-4; RMS vi no.2075). Cowan 1967, 113.