Knockando Old Church Site

National Grid Reference (NGR): NJ 20260 42180, map




An early church, thought to be the first parish church of Knockando, existed in an area just north of the River Spey, which is now partially wooded and rough grazing ground today. Knockando House was built a short distance to the north many years after the church fell into disuse. 

In the 1870s the Ordnance Survey visited the area and found some possible evidence of the church and associated graveyard in the form of uneven ground, which they thought may have been graves. No structure or any gravestones were found at this time. No other evidence of the church has been found since and today there is nothing on the ground to suggest the exact location of the church and graveyard. 

The age of the site is shown by three Pictish symbol stones, which were removed from the graveyard and placed in the current Knockando Parish Church's graveyard when this new church opened in the 18th century. They were found to have Norse writing (runes) on their sides, but they are now very weathered and they cannot be easily seen. The three stones are still in place in the current Parish Church graveyard. 

Archive References:

Scottish Church Heritage Research Archive - Offline databaseReference: 668
Canmore - Online database View Canmore Report Online: 16391
Canmore - Online database View Canmore Report Online: RCAHMS NJ24SW 4

Bibliographic References:

The Object Name Book of The Ordnance SurveyOrdnance Survey1870Book 16, p49
Early ecclesiastical sites in Scotland: a field survey, part IIL Macdonald and A Laing1973Published in the Proceedings of the Society of Antiquities of Scotland, vol.102, p141