Culdee Monastery, Brechin

National Grid Reference (NGR): NO 59450 60100, map


Near Brechin Cathedral and Round Tower


A Culdee Monastery was founded by Malcolm II just to the west of Brechin Cathedral and Round Tower in what is now private gardens and part of the graveyard. The Round Tower would have been a contemporary with the small monastery. The monastery became part of the cathedral when the latter was built in the 12th century.


No trace of the monastery now remains on the surface, although several stone fragments and cross slabs have been dug up in the area for hundreds of years. Several fragments are now housed in the cathedral.

Archive References:

Canmore - Online database View Canmore Report Online: NO56SE 22:00
Scottish Church Heritage Research Archive - Offline databaseReference: 10770

Bibliographic References:

The history of BrechinD D Black1839
Medieval Religious Houses in ScotlandI B Cowan and D E Easson1976
Historic Brechin: The archaeological implications of development, Scottish Burgh SurveyR Gourlay and A Turner1977
Object Name Book of the Ordnance SurveyOrdnance Survey
RCAHMS: Archaeological sites and monuments of central AngusRCAHMS1984