Scheduled Monument

Dyce, St Fergus's Church, old parish church and graveyardSM8843

Status: Designated

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Summary

Date Added
15/03/2000
Supplementary Information Updated
04/09/2015
Type
Crosses and carved stones: symbol stone, Ecclesiastical: burial ground, cemetery, graveyard; church
Local Authority
Aberdeen
Parish
Dyce
NGR
NJ 87523 15408
Coordinates
387523, 815408

Description

The monument consists of the remains of St Fergus's Church (the old parish church of Dyce) and its burial ground.

The old parish church of Dyce, dedicated to St Fergus, is a pre-Reformation building, dating from the 13th or 14th century. It is rectangular in plan, measuring 17m E-W by 6.7m N-S, with walls 0.8m thick standing to roof level. The walls are rubble built. There is a bell-cote, ascribed to the 15th century, on the W gable, remains of a moulded gothic doorway in the S wall, and the base of a sacrament house in the N wall. The other doors and windows date, in their present form, from after the Reformation.

The original burial ground, which surrounds the church on all sides within a boundary wall, is no longer in use. A more recent cemetery, still in use, is attached to the SW.

Two large symbol stones and four smaller cross-inscribed stones recovered from the site are in the care of the Scottish Ministers.

The area to be scheduled is approximately rectangular, its edge defined by the boundary wall of the burial ground. It includes the boundary wall, the burial ground and the church, in which associated remains are likely to survive. The area measures approximately 50m W-E by 45m N-S as indicated in red on the accompanying map extract.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance because of the information that it provides, and has the potential to provide by archaeological investigation, concerning the architecture, religion, art, language and burial customs of the inhabitants of the region from the 7th to the 19th centuries. Its importance is enhanced by its association with Pictish period symbol stones, some with ogham inscriptions, and with other cross-incised stones. It is highly likely that the present church lies on the site of an earlier monument.

References

Bibliography

RCAHMS records the monument as NJ81NE 8 (symbol stones) and 13 (church).

References:

Cross M, 1994, BIBLIOGRAPHY OF MONUMENTS IN THE CARE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR SCOTLAND, Glasgow, 209.

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Related Designations

  1. OLD PARISH CHURCH OF DYCE WITH CHURCHYARD WALL AND WATCHHOUSELB2245

    Designation Type
    Listed Building (A)
    Status
    Removed

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