Listed Building

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Status: Removed


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Date Added
Date Removed:
Local Authority
Planning Authority
Old Deer
NJ 96855 48107
396855, 848107

Removal Reason

This building will be removed as part of the Dual Designation 2A project. It will continue to be recognized as a monument of national importance through its designation as a scheduled monument.


Founded 1219 by William 1st Earl of Buchan. Of church (cruciform 157 long, N. aisle to nave and E aisle to S. transept) only footings, bungled piscina and other fragments remain. Ruins razed 1854. Cloister approx. 70' x 90', considerable remains of S. range, rubble-built with unmoulded round-headed arches.

Statement of Special Interest

Guardianship Monument. Scheduled 6 February 1996.



O.S.A. v. 16 p 483

N.S.A. v. 12 p 149

Ecc ARch v. 2 p.274 (il & plan) Buchan Observer 10 May 1949.

Lawson, A Book of the Parish of Deir (illustrates plan made in 1789)

G. SkeneKeith, General View of the Agriculture of Aberdeenshire, engraving of 1770.

W. Douglas Simpson, Ministry Guide.

Historic Environment Scotland Properties

Deer Abbey

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Related Designations

  1. Deer AbbeySM90093

    Designation Type
    Scheduled Monument

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.

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