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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
Entry Name: Glen Tanar Estate, Old Glen Tanar Church, Burial Ground and Boundary Walls
Listing Date: 25 November 1972
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 334125
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB3129
Building Class: Cultural
Location: Aboyne and Glen Tanar
Electoral Ward: Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside
Traditional County: Aberdeenshire
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.
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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