Formartine Parish Church

Susanna Bichard, Session Clerk
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Tarves Church

Tarves Parish Church was built in 1798 and has remained little-altered since. It is rectangular on plan with a vestry attached to the west end. It was built with tooled blocks of granite, the largest of which are in the lower courses.

It is clear that stonework from the previous church has been used in places and sections of carved gravestones were also used and can be seen in places in-situ. A stone dated MB 1613 is built into the walls. There are areas of original cherry-cocking. On the west gable is a simple ball-capped bird cage bellcote.

Internally is a horseshoe gallery, pews and pulpit of circa 1825, and tie-barred ceiling. The churchyard is enclosed by rubble walls. It contains the rubble remains of the medieval church on either side of the Tolquhon Tomb which was erected in 1589 in Memory of William Forbes, 7th Laird of Tolquhon.

Most of the stones in the churchyard are Victorian and modern but include the Craig slab 1583 and a few 18th century stones.

Within the churchyard are four First World War Commonwealth war graves.

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