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Aberdeen, Kingswells, Friends' Burial Ground

Burial Ground (17th Century)

Site Name Aberdeen, Kingswells, Friends' Burial Ground

Classification Burial Ground (17th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Kingswells House; Kingswells Home Farm; Quakers' Burial Ground

Canmore ID 19311

Site Number NJ80NE 15

NGR NJ 85668 06646

NGR Description Centred NJ 85668 06646

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Aberdeen, City Of
  • Parish Newhills
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District City Of Aberdeen
  • Former County Aberdeenshire

Archaeology Notes

NJ80NE 15 85668 06646

(NJ 8567 0664) Friends' Burial Ground (Disused) (NAT)

OS 6" map (1901)

See also NJ80NE 16.

The Quaker's burial ground stands on a hillside near Kingswell House. It is surrounded by a rough wall and planted with trees. 'There are no memorial stones but a plan exists'. It was set up by Alexander Jaffrey who died in 1673 (J Cruickshank 1934) and is now under the care of the County Council.

J Cruickshank 1959

A small featureless enclosure as described by the foregoing authorities.

Visited by OS (WDJ) 6 November 1961.

This small burial-ground is situated about 520m WNW of Kingswells Home Farm (NJ80NE 14.01). Rectangular on plan, it measures 23.8m from NNE to SSW by 18m transversely within a drystone wall. There is a blocked entrance 1.4m wide in the ESE side; chamfered jambs are visible in the lower two courses of the wall at the entrance, and a third has been reused in the fabric of the wall a little to the S. No graves or funerary monuments were visible within the interior on the date of visit, but a plaque on a post set into the enclosure wall on the SSW bears the legend: 'Kingswells Quaker Burial Ground | Here were buried a number of Quakers | including | Alexander Jaffrey of Kingswells | Provost of Aberdeen 1673 | Sarah Cant his spouse 1673 | James Forbes of Bervie 1682 | Alexander Skene of Newtyle | Baille of Aberdeen 1693 | Andrew Jaffrey | 4th Laird of Kingswells 1726 | Robert Melvin Weaver 1808.'

Visited by RCAHMS (ATW, JRS), 17 March 1997.

Friends' Burial Ground [NAT]

OS (GIS) MasterMap, May 2010.


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