Fyvie

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Pictish stones set into the wall of Fyvie Kirk

Fyvie is a village in the Formartine area of Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Geography[edit]

Fyvie lies alongside the River Ythan and is on the A947 road.

Fyvie Castle[edit]

Fyvie Castle is reputed to have been built by King William the Lyon in the early thirteenth century. It was the site of an open-air court held by King Robert the Bruce and home to the future King Charles I as a child.

Education[edit]

The village's school, with around 125 pupils, serves the surrounding rural area.

Church[edit]

St Peter's Church was built in the early nineteenth century on the site of a medieval church. Built into the east gable are three Class I Pictish symbol stones and a Class III Pictish cross.[1]

The church displays some Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass windows.[citation needed]

Folk tradition[edit]

The song The Bonnie Lass o' Fyvie tells of a captain of dragoons who dies for the love of a Fyvie girl. Additionally, the song, Andrew Lammie, tells of the doomed love of a local miller's daughter, Annie, for Lord Fyvie's trumpeter. Both of these songs may have historical basis - the young woman's grave is said to be in Fyvie churchyard.

One of the prophecies of Thomas the Rhymer relates to Fyvie, predicting it will never flourish until a particular three stones are found (a prophecy obviously pre-dating the church with its three Pictish runestones).

Etymology[edit]

It is thought that the name Fyvie is derived from Fia-chein 'Deer hill'.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "St Peter's Church, Fyvie". Aberdeenshire Council. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 

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Coordinates: 57°25′38″N 2°23′53″W / 57.42722°N 2.39798°W / 57.42722; -2.39798