Belhelvie, parish

Grid reference

NJ 969 196 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

396900 819600





Nearby places

St Colm's Well, Belhelvie (0 miles)

St Colman's Church, Belhelvie (0 miles)

Foveran, parish (2.94 miles)

St Peter's Well, Foveran (3.05 miles)

Cowstane Hirst, Foveran (4.22 miles)

Object Classification

Parish (extant in 1975)


NGR for Belhelvie Old Parish Church, 'St Columba's'.

Relationships with other places

Contains St Colm's Well, Belhelvie

Contains St Colm's Well, Belhelvie

Contains St Colman's Church, Belhelvie

Parish TLA




Medieval diocese


Parish notes

A rare example of an early parish name in baile. Dedication to 'St Colm' not in Redford 1988, but in Ó Muraíle 1997, 'First dedicated to St Nechtan, but later to St Columba' -Fasti, 46. A.B. Coll. 285-91. No change in 1891. Patron saint ‘Colmanus’. - v. also ACDS:NS, 44. not mentioned in Abdn. Brev. or Abdn. Mart. under 9 June, BUT in Abdn. Brev. under Sanctus Colmanus episcopus Oct. 16 ii fo.cxxviii (in rubric) ‘Et Colmanus habetur patronus apud Balheluy.’ Otherwise no clue as to who he might be. Not in Redford 1988. ACDS-NS 44 - adds that ‘a spring in its neighbourhood is appropriately known as St Columba’s Well. [ref. - N.K.M’Leod Churches in Buchan, 94]. In Ó Muraíle 1997, 209 IV no.2, who quotes Watson and Reeves. (Taylor 1998, (‘Columba east of Druim Alban’), Key no.2).