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Churchyard, Old Parish Churh, Kirk Wynd, Blairgowrie

A Category B Listed Building in Blairgowrie and Rattray, Blairgowrie, Perth and Kinross

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.5951 / 56°35'42"N

Longitude: -3.3396 / 3°20'22"W

OS Eastings: 317840

OS Northings: 745600

OS Grid: NO178456

Mapcode National: GBR V8.TG40

Mapcode Global: WH6PF.NHXH

Plus Code: 9C8RHMW6+25

Entry Name: Churchyard, Old Parish Churh, Kirk Wynd, Blairgowrie

Listing Name: Kirkwynd, Hill Church Graveyard

Listing Date: 5 October 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 357842

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB22289

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Blairgowrie and Rattray

County: Perth and Kinross

Town: Blairgowrie And Rattray

Electoral Ward: Blairgowrie and Glens

Traditional County: Perthshire

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Description

Late 17th century and later. Rubble walled enclosure on steeply sloping site at edge of ravine. Many headstones placed flat into ground (see Notes).

Earlier gravestones immediately to S and W of church with some tablestones and simple moulded apex styles including flat slab with large relief carved upside down letters 'HERE LYES THE BODYS OF JOHN BAXTER' died 1691; 1706 slab with skull flanked by crossed bones; small plain incised headstone dated '1745' and worded 'HERE LYS THE BONES OF JEAN MALL?'; and winged angel to simple incised stone (weathered inscription).

Burying ground of Macpherson family to SW boundary with cross-finialled crowstepped entrance (to W) incorporating boarded timber door surmounted by carved panel bearing 'MACPHERSON BLAIRGOWRIE 1789' over family coat of arms.

Later monuments include row of 19th century terraced enclosures to S, some retaining decorative ironwork, and steeply sloping site to E with scattered stones including square-section corniced ashlar column with inset marble panel 'In Memory of David Martin shoemaker who died 10 Aug 1804' surmounted by stylised pediments with corner acroteria and carved lamb on shallow plinth dated 1845.

Statement of Interest

Group with Hill Church. Owing to continued vandalism during the later 19th century, the local authority set many of the headstones into the ground. Wilsher lists an 'Abraham and Isaac' headstone dated 1769, no longer to be found.

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