Glentanar, former parish, Aboyne & Glentanar

Grid reference

NO 476 983 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

347600 798300







Nearby places

St Machar's Well, Aboyne & Glentanar (1.91 miles)

Cathair Mochrieha, Aboyne and Glentanar (1.91 miles)

St Machar's Cross, Aboyne and Glentanar (1.91 miles)

Lady Wood, Aboyne & Glentanar (2.48 miles)

Tillyhermack, settlement Coull (2.59 miles)

Object Classification

Parish (non-extant in 1975)

Is linear feature?



NGR for the old kirk of Glentanar, NMRS records it as one of the last churches with a thatched roof mentioned in the early seventeenth century. The west gable and some low footings of the north wall survive.

Relationships with other parishes

Within Aboyne & Glentanar, parish

Parish details

Glentanar part of Aboyne ABX & Glentanar ABG

Parish TLA


Medieval diocese


Parish notes

Although this parish not mentioned till 16th c., when both parsonage and vicarage fruits are found annexed to the benefice of Kincardine O'Neil, it seems certain that this church was already one of the pendicles of that benefice as early as 1234. That benefice was then granted with all its pertinents to the newly founded hospital of Kincardine O’Neil, whose master in 1274 was taxed ‘pro omnibus ecclesiis’ (Abdn. Reg. ii, 268, 274; Bag. Roll 41-2.; RMS iii no.2996; Ass. 386). The destiny of the church continued thereafter to be linked with that benefice, which in 1330 was erected with its annexed chapels [one of which was presumably Glentanar] into a prebend of Aberdeen cathedral and remained as such in spite of an apparently unsuccessful attempt to unite the residual fruits of the living to the Chapel Royal at Stirling. (see Kincardine O’Neil; Abdn. Reg. i, 51, 64-5, 83; ii, 252; Hist. of Chapel Royal cxxxiv, 14-15, 64-6). See Cowan 1967, 77. A.B. Coll. i 633-4 A.B. Coll. ii 32-6. It was united with the parish of Aboyne c.1600 (Fasti, 77). See also ABG ABX.