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Glenbuchat Heritage

15 Pictish Connection
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15 Pictish Connection

If Pictish sagas could be unearthed from the oblivion into which they descended after ‘union’ with the Scots, Nechtan highking of Picts, the last in the Heroic Age of Pictish warriors, anointed leader of his people, evangelising monarch, would top the bill. Within less than 30 years (706-729) he brought deliverance to his land from Dark Age beliefs and petty rivalries and united them in church, wealth and nationalism. He was one of few Pictish royals to die in his bed (732).

These stone churches were to become the first network of Peterkirks throughout Pictland: from St Peter’s at Restenneth in Forfarshire through the Mearns (Meigle, Tealing); over the Mounth into Mar and Buchan, foundations to Peter were placed at Glenbuchat, Peterculter, Aberdeen (Spittal), Fyvie, Peterugie (Peterhead), Deer, Rathven-in-Enzie (now at Buckie), Bellie, Essil-Dipple, Duffus, Drumdelgie and Inveravon. Because they were made of stone, rather than earlier turf cells, they were in the later vernacular called ‘fite kirks’ (white, as gleaming stone) and two of these survive – albeit altered – at Tyrie in Buchan and Rayne in the Garioch.

A Pictish Saint, St Walloch was said to have lived in Glenbuchat

From www.leopardmag.co.uk

Within five years of his accession, Nechtan decided to ask his powerful Northumbrian neighbours – descendants of those who fought and lost in 685 – for advice on how to go about building stone churches throughout his kingdom, along the lines of those already spreading in Anglia, ‘in the manner of Rome’.

He was aware of the strategic nature of his request. As a powerful ally, not only would his wish be fulfilled, but by spiritually kneeling before Rome, he was joining a European alliance of other wealthy and powerful nations.

Bede’s superior, Abbot Ceolfrith of the Jarrow monastery, responded volubly, subsequently sending architects to Nechtan to assist in his nationwide reform. They helped build the first Peterkirks, revolutionary buildings in stone named, like the citadel in Rome, after the first apostle of the Roman Christian mission. They served to create another schism with Iona, whose missions were rustic, country constructions of earth and rubble.

These stone structures were to become the first network of Peterkirks throughout Pictland, many of which survive at least in name: from St Peter’s at Restenneth in Forfarshire through the Mearns (Meigle, Tealing); over the Mounth (dividing mountain range between present Kincardine and Aberdeenshire) into Mar and Buchan, foundations to Peter were placed at Glenbuchat, Peterculter, Aberdeen (Spittal), Fyvie, Peterugie (Peterhead), Deer, Rathven-in-Enzie (now Buckie), Bellie, Essil-Dipple, Duffus, Drumdelgie and Inveravon.

Because they were made of stone, in contrast with earlier turf cells, they were in the later vernacular called ‘fite kirks’ (white, as in gleaming stone) and two of these survive – albeit altered – at Tyrie in Buchan and Rayne in the Garioch.


It is a little-known fact that the area surrounding the Buck of the Cabrach was celebrated in early-historical times and up to the late Medieval as a source for gold.

Kings of Picts used the resource centred on what is now called Rhynie in Aberdeenshire and much gold used for the crown jewels, prior to Robert Bruce’s takeover, was Aberdeenshire gold.

From devorguila.wordpress.com



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History Texts

126 Cattle Rustling in the Glen88 1696 Poll Book Belnacraig87 Original 1696 Poll Book91 Wandering in the Highlands 188185 Sketch of 'Old Glenbucket' about 174575 Peatfold70 New Statistical Account of Strathdon 184571 Descendants of the Great Glenbucket69 My First Detachment -The Glenbucket Inn4 St Margarets Chronicle Free afternoon Glenbuchat