The English monk and historian Bede mentions Abercorn as the site of a monastery and seat of Bishop Trumwine who was the only bishop of the Northumbrian see of the Picts. The monastery is now known to have existed close to the present day church. The church itself dates partially from the 12th century, although its most interesting features are the private aisles created for the three major families of the area, the Dalyells, the Hamiltons, and later the Hopes, who had their own enclosure behind the altar built by architect William Bruce. The Hope mausoleum, designed by William Burn, is located adjacent to the kirkyard. Older burial monuments include Norsemen 'hogback' stones, and fragments of 7th century Northumbrian crosses.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom


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Will Sturgeon (5 months ago)
A quiet, beautiful stroll around is an ideal time to reflect on the stories of all those who lay there. Very pretty church with amazing stone work and well kept grounds. The main coastal path runs next to the church.
Stevie Douglas (8 months ago)
Fantastic little church. Worth seeking out if you like medieval graveyards and buildings.
feehay650 (10 months ago)
Such a beautiful, tranquil church and graveyard. Some of the stones are worth a look as they are so old and tell a great story. There is a tiny, wee museum as you walk through the gates too. Never been in but I think it would be great to see.
Angela Young (10 months ago)
Beautiful location so peaceful beautiful walk to abercorn church then a little incline path to get to church
Scott Wilson (12 months ago)
Abercorn Church and graveyard is a very peaceful place! If you take time to wander through the cemetery and read the old gravestone, you can get a vision of days gone by. Such as a headstone with an anvil and horseshoe depicting a blacksmith who attended Royal horses. This and many more makes a quiet time to reflect on life.
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