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Marnoch Graveyard with Watchhouse, Burial Enclosures and Gravestones

A Category A Listed Building in Marnoch, Aberdeenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.5377 / 57°32'15"N

Longitude: -2.6783 / 2°40'41"W

OS Eastings: 359491

OS Northings: 849928

OS Grid: NJ594499

Mapcode National: GBR M8RS.V3D

Mapcode Global: WH7L7.TSTX

Entry Name: Marnoch Graveyard with Watchhouse, Burial Enclosures and Gravestones

Listing Date: 22 February 1972

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 354013

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB19610

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Marnoch

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Banff and District

Parish: Marnoch

Traditional County: Banffshire

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Description

17th century graveyard, watchhouse. 1831. Beside River Deveron, on site of earlier parish church. Ashlar coped, rubble walls with ashlar gatepiers, hooped? iron gates to N and E. Enclosing watchhouse and burial monuments; notable examples below.

WATCHHOUSE: 1831 L-plan, gabled, hailed, with ashlar margins. Door to E, irregular windows at ground floor, and at 1st floor; all currently boarded. Graded, grey slate roof, piended to SE, ashlar coped skews with some urn finials.

MELDRUM ENCLOSURE: dated 1699, Moray sandstone possibly by John Faid.

Ornate Baroque free-standing aedicular monument, in coped ashlar enclosure with balustrade. Portrait bust of George Meldrum in scrolled niche with angel in soffit, marble inscribed plaque below. Flanking Corinthian columns, entablature with strapwork frieze broken pediment with heraldic device surmounted by urn, flanked by angels with trumpets.

CHALMERS MEMORIAL: dated 1707, to Hugo Chalmers, Minister of Marnoch. Ashlar plaque in advanced pedimented memorial, built against E gable end of ruined church. Pedestal with sculpted panel, engaged Roman Doric columns, cornice and entablature, broken pediment with heraldic device, sculpted skull above in relief; panel set into gable.

INNES OF MURRAYFORD ENCLOSURE: dated 1780 neo-classical, free-standing, ashlar pedimented memorial, with coped ashlar enclosing walls and gatepiers. Central marble plaque in advanced pilastered, and pedimented panel, smaller marble plaques flanking; mounted on broken pedimented gable with heraldic device, flanking urns.

GRANT ENCLOSURE: freestanding memorial within granite ashlar coped enclosure; ashlar gatepiers and wrought-iron gates. Pedimented granite panel, set into shaped gable with urns.

Statement of Interest

The gable end of the old church remains within the churchyard. A new church was built in 1792, listed separately as Marnoch Old Parish Church, it was later (1841) usurped by New Marnoch Church in Aberchirder Burgh, also listed separately. The watchhouse was previously described as "old school with mort house under".

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