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Kingoldrum Parish Church

Burial Ground (Medieval) - (Post Medieval), Church (19th Century) (1840), Church (Medieval), Font (Period Unknown)

Site Name Kingoldrum Parish Church

Classification Burial Ground (Medieval) - (Post Medieval), Church (19th Century) (1840), Church (Medieval), Font (Period Unknown)

Alternative Name(s) Parish Kirk

Canmore ID 32254

Site Number NO35NW 3

NGR NO 33416 55039

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Angus
  • Parish Kingoldrum
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District Angus
  • Former County Angus

Archaeology Notes

NO35NW 3.00 33416 55039

NO35NW 3.01 NO 334 550 Pictish Cross-Slab

NO35NW 3.02 NO 334 550 Cross-Slab

NO35NW 3.03 NO 334 550 Sculptured Stone

NO35NW 3.04 NO 334 550 Grave-Slab

See also NO35NW 4, NO35NW 5, NO35NW 6.

The present Kingoldrum parish church was built in 1840, almost on the site of its predecessor. The church, which was given to Arbroath Abbey in 1211-4 by William the Lion, was dedicated to St Medan; not far from it is St Medan's Well. There is little doubt that originally it was a Celtic establishment; three fragments of sculptured stones which were found in the walls of the old church when it was being removed in 1840, were donated to the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland [NMAS] in 1878 (Accession Nos: GB 39-41). (For other finds in the churchyard, see NO35NW 4-6.)

A J Warden 1880-5; H Scott et al 1915-61; J Stuart 1856; Proc Soc Antiq Scot 1878; J R Allen and J Anderson 1903.


Field Visit (12 November 1975)

There is no trace of a church earlier than the present 19th century structure. A complete, Early Christian, stone coffin cover, with a wheel-headed cross incised upon it, was formerly lying in the graveyard, and is now set up against the S wall of the church.

According to Mr Mackintosh, session clerk, St Medan's Well (name verified) was a spring well situated on a hill-slope "some 50yds S of the cottage of the SW of the church (area: NO 333 549). The ground was improved within living memory, and there is now no trace of the well.

Visited by OS (NKB) 12 November 1975; Information from D Mackintosh, Broadmuir, Kingoldrum, Angus.

Note (1983)

Kingoldrum 1 NO 334 550 NO35NW 3.01, 3.02, 3.03 & 3.04

Three sculptured stones (NMAS 1B 39-41) were discovered when the old parish church was demolished in 1840. A fourth stone has been noted by the OS (see also no. 149).

(i) A Class II Pictish cross-slab; the cross is in relief, and the carvings on the back include a crescent, a mirror and a comb.


(Stuart 1856, 28, plate lxxxix; Allen and Anderson 1903, iii, 226).

(ii) A slab with a cross carved in relief on one face.

Stuart 1856, 15, plate xlix; Allen and Anderson 1903, iii, 257-8.

(iii) Part of a slab bearing a representation of the Crucifixion on one face and a Maltese cross on the other.


(Stuart 1856, plate xciii; Allen and Anderson 1903, iii, 258).

(iv) A coffin-cover bearing an incised wheel-headed cross, which formerly lay in the churchyard, has been set up against the S wall of the church.


(Warden 1880-85, iv, 28).

Note (1984)

Kingoldrum, Parish Church and Burial-ground NO 334 550 NO35NW 3

The parish church of Kingoldrum, built in 1840, stands 'almost on the same site' as its predecessor in the burial-ground at Kingoldrum. The church of Kingoldrum comes on record in 1178, although there was probably an ecclesiastical foundation here prior to that date (see RCAHMS 1983, nos. 148 and 149).

RCAHMS 1984.

(NSA, xi, Forfar, 618; Warden 1880-85, iv, 27-8; Hay 1957, 246; Cowan 1967, 113).

Standing Building Recording (13 November 2017)

NO 33421 55041 A Level 1 standing building survey was

carried out, 13 November 2017, during the conversion of

the church to form a caretaker’s house. The interior of the

church has been redeveloped but the exterior is unchanged.

The church was originally built in 1840 and porches added

prior to the 1st Edition OS map, A boiler house was then

added to the E end prior to the 2nd Edition OS map.

Archive: NRHE

Funder: Clag Ltd

Alison Cameron – Cameron Archaeology

(Source: DES, Volume 19)

Oasis (camerona1-302684) 4 January 2018

External Reference

Kingoldrum Church


Scottish Record Office:

Repairs to the church of Kingoldrum and the Manse of Cortachy. 2 receipts.

1822 GD 16/46/87


Scottish Record Office:

Repair of Church and Manse.

Receipt for Colonel Fothringham's proportion of the expense.

1809 GD 121/3/134

Repair and maintenance of Church and Manse. Receipts, accounts, presbytery minutes and other papers.

1826, 1839-1870 GD 16/46/96


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