Drummuir, Botriphnie Parish Church, Burial Ground

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Canmore ID 272754
Site Number NJ34SE 53.01
NGR NJ 37546 44097
Council MORAY
Former Region GRAMPIAN
Former District MORAY
Former County BANFFSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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NJ34SE 53.01 37546 44097

N.B. This reference applies to NJ34SE 53.01 and NJ53SE 2 collectively
Address: Botriphnie Parish Church and Burial Ground, Drummuir, Moray
Postcode: AB55 5JE
Status: In current use for burials (limited)
Size: 0.25 hectares, 0.61 acres
Polygon: Yes
TOIDs: 1000000173076523, 1000000173076535, 1000000173076536, 1000000173076537
Number of gravestones: approximately 225
Earliest gravestone: 1667 (1 stone possibly dated 1654)
Most recent gravestone: 2003
Description: Graveyard associated with a church. The present church occupies the N boundary of the site and at its W end there is an enclosure raised 1 to 2 metres above the rest of the graveyard level. it is railed and contains seven unassuming 20th Century stones of the Gordon-Duff family. A broad path skirts the church in a straight line from the main E entry gate to the private Gordon-Duff entry gate at the W end. The main features within the burial are the roofless remains of the last church (built 1677, dedicated to St. Fumac and ruinous by 1794) and the Duff Aisle attached to the N gable. Apart fromt he central focus point of the earlier church remains and the Duff Aisle, this graveyard has an undisturbed air to it, and feeling of uniformity about the height, bulk and orientation of the older upright stones. Most of those in the main body of the graveyard (75%) are modest, without significant ostentation and the most obvious distinctions arise from differences in the stone itself, or from small differences in shaping of the topes of the stones. It has always been the burial ground for a small rural parish with low population, comprising in earlier days almost entirely small farmers, crofters and associated. There is a straight row of modern upright stones facing the present church, to the N with some attractive freestanding celtic style crosses at the W end each with different interwoven design inscribed. There are 10 to 15 recumbent stones. There are one or two upright stones, or up-righted 'flats' around the SW boundary and 8 along the E boundary wall: all different and interesting.
Data Sources: Graveyard Recording Form, 10 March 2003; OS MasterMap checked 13 June 2005; Bereavement Services Portal checked 15 June 2005

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