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Aberlemno Scotland - Photos contributed by Jan Davidson & Walter Stewart
Aberlemno Parish Church & Countryside
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While the greater portion of Aberlemno is part hilly and covered with heath, the majority of it is flat and fertile as seen in the above photos. Situated in the County of Angus, it is just about 6 miles long and 5 miles wide lying on the banks of the South Esk.

David Herschell Edwards in his book "Around the Ancient City," describes the area as follows: "Aldbar (Gaelic Alt-barr, a highburn), was originally a distinct parish, but in the seventeenth century the parish was suppressed, and divided between the parishes of Aberlemno and Brechin. At the founding of the College of Methven, in 1433, Walter Stewart, Earl of Athole, granted the church of Aldbar to the College, and the Provost of Methven was thereafter rector of Aldbar. After the Reformation the Presbyterian minister of Methven called himself Provost of Methven and Chaplain of Aldbar, and he drew the tiends until the suppression of the parish. Until the abolition of patronage in the Church of Scotland the patronage of the Church of Aberlemno was alternately exercised by the Crown and by Smythe of Methven, the latter coming in room of the Provost and Canons of Methven."

Edwards continues on to decribe the landscape: "The hills in the parish rise to a considerable altitude, Turin, the highest, being about 800 feet above the level of the sea, and 600 feet above the neighbouring lakes of Rescobie and Balgavies. Many stones, the ruins of an ancient stronghold, called Camp Castle, lie on the top of Turin Hill. The view from the summit is extensive, varied and beautiful. Turin is the diminutive of Tur, a castle, and signifies a little castle. It probably was so called to distinguish it from the royal castle, which stood in the vicinity of the hill, within which Donald Bane was confined by his nephew. King Edgar, The Lindsays are reported to have taken the castle on the hill by force from the proprietor."

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