St Congan's Old Church, Turriff

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St Congan's Church has a long history, perhaps beginning in the 7th Century AD. A church is said to have been built at this site in the 11th Century AD by King Malcolm III, and the lands were gifted to Arbroath Abbey in the 13th Century AD by Marjory, Countess of Buchan.

The present ruins date from the 15th Century AD and show that the building was unusually narrow. The east gable, part of the choir, is topped by a spectacular double bellcote, dated 1635, decorated with the coat of arms of the Hay family and hosting a bell dated 1556.

Below the bellcote is an 18th Century clock, originally from nearby Carnousie, along with a carved stone depicting ten heads, probably from the former medieval armshouse. 

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