MHG8074 - Fearn Abbey

Summary

Possible site of early C13 abbey

Type and Period (1)

  • ABBEY (Medieval - 1058 AD to 1559 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

For another possible location of Fearn Abbey, see NH87NW0001.

Enquiries at Mid Fearn (NH 6314 8744) and elsewhere proved negative; buildings are all modern.
Visited by OS (W D J) 21 May 1963.

Fearn Abbey: said to have been founded by Ferquhard, earl of Ross, at Farne beside Kincardine in Strathcarrin, 1221-2 or c1227 whence abbey was transferred to a site in parish of Tarbat, after which it was called New Fearn. Its mother-church was Whithorn, dedicated to St. Ninian.
D E Easson 1957.

The Abbey stood at Fearn, probably Middle Fearn, where vestiges of its buildings seem to have been visible until the end of C16.
Orig Paroch Scot 1855; Info from 'Chronicle of the Earlis of Ross'

Relics of St. Ninian are said to have been brought N from Whithorn at foundation of Fearn Abbey. NSA 1845.


Fearn Abbey (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG13887.


Fearn Abbey (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG13888.


Fearn Abbey, Ross. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG5781.


Fearn Abbey, spiral in wall (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG7746.


NSA, 1845, The new statistical account of Scotland by the ministers of the respective parishes under the superintendence of a committee of the society for the benefit of the sons and daughters of the clergy, Vol. 14, 440-2 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2597.


OPS, 1855, Origines parochiales Scotiae: the antiquities ecclesiastical and territorial of the parishes of Scotland, 414-15 (Text/Publication/Monograph). SHG342.


Easson, D E, 1957, Medieval religious houses in Scotland: with an appendix on the houses in the Isle of Man, 87 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2156.


RCAHMS, 1979, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The archaeological sites and monuments of Easter Ross, Ross and Cromarty District, Highland Region, 26, No. 220 (Text/Report). SHG2670.

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Map

Location

Grid reference Centred NH 63 87 (80m by 80m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH68NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish FEARN

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