Inverurie Ex Parish Chapel & BG

National Grid Reference (NGR): NJ 78000 20640, map


Keithall Road
AB51 3TX


The site of the original parish church of Inverurie, and possibly a previous chapel, is contained within the large cemetery of Inverurie, just south of the town and alongside the main east coast railway line. The cemetery occupies flat ground close to the River Don and encorporates a large motte and bailey castle site, an extraordinary man-made, turf covered mound. 

The old church stood in the north-west corner of the cemetery but was completely demolished in 1775 and the stones were used to build the cemetery boundary wall and gate piers. A number of Pictish stones and other carved stones were removed and are now in the town's museum. A chapel, first mentioned in 1190, was said to have been located on the same site as the later church.

The cemetery today is well maintained with paths leading through the turf-covered grounds. There are no surface indications of the church but sometimes foundation stones are said to be uncovered during grave digging. 


  • Church demolished (1775)

Archive References:

Scottish Church Heritage Research Archive - Offline databaseReference: 04158
Canmore - Online database View Canmore Report Online: 18885

Bibliographic References:

Aberdeenshire: Donside and Strathbogie, an illustrated architectural guideIan Shepherd2006p123
The Bass and Churchyard of InverurieJ Davidson1884p8
Buildings of Scotland - Aberdeenshire: South and AberdeenJoseph Sharples, David W Walker & Matthew Woodworth2015Yale University Press