The Kirkyard of St Nicholas, Aberdeen

I recently visited Aberdeen, and one of the places that drew me in was the Kirkyard of St Nicholas. I have a slightly odd fascination with cemeteries and love reading the sometimes fascinating inscriptions on gravestones.

The Kirkyard of St Nicholas, Aberdeen

St Nicholas is the patron saint of Aberdeen, on the north-east coast of Scotland.

The Kirkyard of St Nicholas, Aberdeen

The site has been used for burials for at least 900 years and was particularly atmospheric in the dappled early morning sunlight.

The Kirkyard of St Nicholas, Aberdeen
The Kirkyard of St Nicholas, Aberdeen

There has been a kirk on the site since 1157. It was enlarged in the fifteenth century and was one of the largest churches in Scotland. It is known as the Mither Kirk, the mother church of the city of Aberdeen.

The Kirk was dedicated to St Nicholas as a miracle attributed to him was the rescue of sailors from a stormy sea.

I explored only half of the Kirkyard and sadly never made it into the Kirk itself. There were a lot of angry wasps about that morning and my bravery eventually failed and I bid a hasty retreat!

9 thoughts on “The Kirkyard of St Nicholas, Aberdeen

      1. The Scottish have a tradition in which they name a child (usually the middle name) with the surname (or several in the instances I’ve come across) of their mothers or grandmothers’ maiden names. My sis-in-law has her grandmother’s maiden name as her middle name and my bro-in-law has a surname as a middle name as my mother-in-law liked it!
        I thought that recognising the wife’s birth name may reflect on family names otherwise ‘forgotten’.

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