Listed Building

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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
National Park
NJ 35510 12738
335510, 812738


18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Graveyard to S, E and W of Parish Church with coped rubble and harl enclosure walls also forming boundary with garden of former manse. Many stones pre-date 1853 church, and include variety of moulded apex and obelisk stones, mural monuments and Egyptian style mausolea.

FURTHER DESCRIPTION: some early stones depicting relief-carved death emblems including stone to NW with primitive grim reaper. Rectangular-plan ashlar mausoleum to W wall with gentle batter to pilastered angles and raised centre bay crowned with pediment and angle acroteria, good latticework iron gate, 'Burial Place of George Forbes, D D of Blelack and Inverernan 1778-1834'. Early mural monuments set into S elevation of church include eroded stone with winged head over incised memorial to Donald McSween, minister of Strathdon, and re-cut stone memorial of 1790s, to Farquharson family. Semicircular Candacraig Memorial Garden to E with mural and free standing stones.

GATEPIERS AND GATES: large square-section ashlar gatepiers flanking decorative ironwork gates to W; 2 pairs of squat pyramidally-coped ashlar gatepiers flanking arcaded timber gates at E.

Statement of Special Interest

The tranquil setting of Strathdon Parish Church and its graveyard, set slightly apart from the village of Bellabeg to the opposite side of the River Don, remains the centre of spiritual life in the glen. Together with the separately listed church, former manse and the Mitchell-Forbes Mausoleum, the many well preserved gravestones provide an eloquent reminder of the families of the glen.



A G Hutchison The Geology of Auchernach (1930), p viii. I Shepherd RIAS Gordon (1994), p63.

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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