Forglen, parish

Grid reference

NJ 683 497 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

368300 849700

Latitude

57.5365577015903

Longitude

-2.529526935228642

Nearby places

St Eunon's Chapel, Forglen (0 miles)

St Eunan's Well, Forglen (0.06 miles)

St Peter's Well, Forglen (0.75 miles)

St Carnac's Chapel, Turriff (1.14 miles)

Lady's Wood, Turriff (1.55 miles)

Object Classification

Parish (extant in 1975)

Is linear feature?

No

Notes

The NGR given is not for Forglen Old Parish Church (NJ697499), as that was built in 1692, and shows no sign of having been built on a medieval site. Half a mile to the west is St Eunon's Chapel, in ruins in 1857, and its remains removed in 1866 (NMRS). As this chapel is named for Adomnán, the patron saint of Forglen parish, it seems wise to posit this as the site of the medieval parish kirk. It was certainly regarded so by local people in 1904(Mackinlay 1914, 59). NMRS notes on this site: The site of St Eunon's or Adamnan's Chapel remains a well-marked knowe; and his well is still in daily use. W D Simpson 1936.

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Parish TLA

FON

County

Banffshire

Medieval diocese

Aberdeen

Parish notes

Cowan 1967, 68: 'The lands of Forglen were granted, with the custody of the Brachbennach, to Arbroath by WIlliam the Lion, 1204 x 1211 (Arb. Lib. i, no. 5). No church is mentioned in this initial grant, but one was either in existence or subseqently erected by the monks, as it was granted to the uses of the abbey by three successive bishops of Aberdeen between 1207 and 1247 (ib. i, nos. 199, 200, 202).