Walla' Kirk and Burial Ground, Glass

National Grid Reference (NGR): NJ 42650 37240, map




This early church site is located close to the banks of the Deveron river and is surrounded by large fields, with trees lining the river banks. A long, straight driveway, between two field boundaries, provides access to the church and graveyard from the road, which is a short distance to the north-west. The graveyard is small and sub-rectangular, its eastern boundary formed by the steep drop to the river bank. The graveyard is still regularly used and is well maintained. There is nothing remaining on the surface of the church, although a raised section in the graveyard is likely the site of it. A large burial enclosure of the local Gordon family holds a medieval stone font, which can be seen through the metal gateway. 


The early church here was dedicated to St Wallach, who died in 733. The latest church on the site is thought to have dated from the 12th century although it is not known when it went out of use or was demolished. Two natural hollows or pools in the river bed are named after St Wallach and were traditionally used for healing. 

People / Organisations:

St WallachDedication

Archive References:

Scottish Church Heritage Research Archive - Offline databaseReference: 559
Canmore - Online database View Canmore Report Online: RCAHMS NJ43NW 9
Canmore - Online database View Canmore Report Online: 17282

Bibliographic References:

Aberdeenshire: Donside and Strathbogie, an illustrated architectural guideIan Shepherd2006p41
The Object Name Book of the Ordnance SurveyOrdnance Survey1870Book 37, p15
The Celtic Church in Scotland: a study of its penetration lines and art relationshipsW D Simpson1935p68