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NJ 44317 65656
344317, 865656


BURIAL GROUND: large irregularly shaped rubble walled burial

ground; tooled ashlar cope; cast-iron spearhead railings at

NW angle flanking simple entrance with pair slender cast-iron

gatepiers and closed by plain spearhead carriage gates.

Various tombstone of 18th century and subsequent date. Burial

enclosure of Gordons of Farskan and Nether Buckie erected

1799 but incorporating memorial of 1592.

RANNAS AISLE: dated 1612. Former S aisle of demolished parish

church. Rectangular, harl pointed rubble; ashlar dressings.

Large round-headed arched entrance with chamfered ashlar

margins; concave moulded eaves cornice; flush faced slab


INTERIOR: substantial marble memorial to Andrew Hay of

Rannas, died 1789; single hatchment.

Statement of Special Interest

Farskan (Gordons of Farskan) on site now occupied by Cullen

Bay Hotel.

Old parish church demolished 1793-4 to furnish materials for

new church, the present Rathven parish church sited to NE of

burial ground. Only the S aisle survives, housing the

memorial to Andrew Hay of Rannas and his forebears, his

geneological details inscribed on the mural tablet. Andrew

(d.1789) was the last Hay of Rannas and after his death the

estate was purchased by the Earl of Seafield.



THE STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1792-3, Witherington and Grant

edition, 1982), pp.380-1.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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