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Glen Tanar Church

A Category C Listed Building in Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.073 / 57°4'22"N

Longitude: -2.8655 / 2°51'55"W

OS Eastings: 347620

OS Northings: 798333

OS Grid: NO476983

Mapcode National: GBR WN.8F8Z

Mapcode Global: WH7NG.YHM2

Plus Code: 9C9V34FM+6Q

Entry Name: Glen Tanar Church

Listing Name: Glen Tanar Estate, Old Glen Tanar Church, Burial Ground and Boundary Walls

Listing Date: 25 November 1972

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 334125

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB3129

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aboyne and Glen Tanar

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside

Parish: Aboyne And Glen Tanar

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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17th century. Crowstepped W gable and remains of foundations survive. Pink and grey granite rubble. Infilled window to W (exterior) Elevation with chamfered reveals; tombstone set into E (interior) Elevation. Rectangular-plan granite rubble boundary wall with rubble coping, datestone to right of iron gate in S wall reading "18.1884". Variety of tombstones.

Statement of Interest

The old church of Glen Tanar was originally thatched with heather and known as "the Black Chapel of the Moor". Originally Glen Tanar was combined with Inchmarnoch; some time after 1666 Glen Tanar joined with Aboyne, however the church continued to conduct separate services until 1763. The graveyard is supposedly the burial-place of "Byron's Mary", or Mary Robertson, of Ballaterach, which was the farm where Byron stayed. The church bell was a present from William Farquharson and his wife, Ann Gillenders, and was supposedly melted down to make the bell at the present parish church (see separate listing).

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