Airlie, parish

Grid reference

NO 313 515 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

331300 751500





Nearby places

St Maddan's Church, Airlie (0 miles)

St Madden's, settlement, Airlie (0.35 miles)

St Madden's Well, Airlie (0.35 miles)

Chapel of St John, Baikie, Airlie (1 miles)

Ruthven, parish (Angus) (2.41 miles)

Object Classification

Parish (extant in 1975)


NGR for the present parish kirk, built in 1783 on the site of its medieval predecessor.

Parish details


Parish TLA




Medieval diocese

St Andrews

Parish notes

Leased to Coupar Abbey in 1220 by Rober de Haya, the church was granted c.1226 by Alexander II under proviso of pension to Citeaux, which was compounded in 1448 (C.A. Chrs. nos. 26, 27, 135). Both parsonage and vicarage were annexed and the cure was served by a vicar-pensioner (Ass. 327-8; C.A. Rent. ii 87). Cowan 1967, 4-5. Peter King argues that Alexander II's gift of Airlie church to Coupar Abbey, with £20 sterling to be paid out of the revenues in the king's name for the upkeep of the Cistercian chapter general, was probably made in January 1220 (1976, 51). Bishop William Malvoisin of St Andrews confirmed this gift of the church of Eroli (ibid 56), while in Pope Honorius' confirmation of 1221 it is referred to not as the church of Eroli etc. but as 'ecclesiam Sancti Medani' (ibid. 57). The strong Medan associations in both Lintrathen and Airlie suggest that they may at an early date have formed one ecclesiastical (and secular) unit. See my letter to G.W.S.B. 18.12.01.