MHG8074 - Fearn Abbey


Possible site of early C13 abbey

Type and Period (1)

  • ABBEY (Medieval - 1058 AD to 1559 AD)

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  • None recorded

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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.

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Grid reference Centred NH 63 87 (80m by 80m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH68NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish FEARN

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