St Mary's Chapel

St Mary's Chapel

There is no evidence of the ancient castle of Rattray, but there is visual proof of a past human presence in the ruins of the nearby chapel of St Mary’s. The stone-built chapel’s origins lie in the 13th Century, although a stone block gives a false, earlier date of 911 AD.

The chapel is first mentioned in connection with a gift made to it by William Comyn, Earl of Buchan. History records that 'Comyn granted in free alms for ever to the Chapel of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the town of Rattray, an annual rent of two stones of wax, payable at Whitsunday from the lands and the mill of Strichen and Kindrought'. The beeswax was used for making candles to use in chapel services.

'Sands and Silence': DP Willis, Scottish Studies Centre, Aberdeen University 1986
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St Mary's Chapel

St Mary's Chapel

There is no evidence of the ancient castle of Rattray, but there is visual proof of a past human presence in the ruins of the nearby chapel of St Mary’s. The stone-built chapel’s origins lie in the 13th Century, although a stone block gives a false, earlier date of 911 AD.

The chapel is first mentioned in connection with a gift made to it by William Comyn, Earl of Buchan. History records that 'Comyn granted in free alms for ever to the Chapel of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the town of Rattray, an annual rent of two stones of wax, payable at Whitsunday from the lands and the mill of Strichen and Kindrought'. The beeswax was used for making candles to use in chapel services.

'Sands and Silence': DP Willis, Scottish Studies Centre, Aberdeen University 1986
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