Midmar

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Midmar is a historic settlement in Aberdeenshire north of Banchory and southwest of Inverurie, 15 miles west of Aberdeen. It is noted for its three stone circles and several standing stones.

Description[edit]

Midmar Kirk and Stone Circle
Midmar, Recumbent stone circle in the kirkyard
Midmar Stone Circle
Standing Stones at Midmar

Midmar is a largely rural community, and links to Midmar Castle and Midmar Manor House. The castle dates from the 16th century.[1]

The current church dates from 1787 but the surrounding graveyard is older and the ancient stone circle, within the churchyard grounds, is of great antiquity.[2] The previous church, St Nidian's, was located over half a kilometre to the south and now forms part of a scheduled monument that includes a medieval motte known as Cunningar Motte.[3][4]

The oil boom in the 1970s created a temporary burst in building due to the village's proximity to Aberdeen.[5]

Local community events centre around the Midmar Hall.

Stone Circles[edit]

All stones date from the Bronze Age.[6]

Midmar stone circle lies adjacent to the parish church, and since it clearly predates the church, appears to have been a pre-Christian religious site, re-ascribed when the church was built. The 17m diameter circle features stones up to 2.5m high and has been described as "fang-like and demonic" and as a "megalithic portal".[7][8]

Sunhoney stone circle lies slightly east of the village at Sunhoney Farm.[9]

Cullerlie stone circle lies further east.[10]

A number of the stones are "recumbent" (lying down) apparently an original design feature, rather than a fallen stone. This feature is found throughout Aberdeenshire.[11] The three circles are supplemented by other standing stones of similar date, scattered throughout the area.

Notable Residents[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "MIDMAR CASTLE.  (Category A) (LB16262)". Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  2. ^ https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Midmar,_Aberdeenshire,_Scotland_Genealogy
  3. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "ST. NIDIAN'S CHURCH MIDMAR.  (Category B (removed)) (LB16261)". Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  4. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Midmar, Church, settlement and (Cunningar) motte (SM100)". Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  5. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/domesday/dblock/GB-368000-807000/page/5
  6. ^ http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=474
  7. ^ http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/echt/midmarcircle/index.html
  8. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Christchurch, stone circle and standing stone, Midmar (SM32)". Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  9. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Sunhoney,stone circle 240m NW of (SM44)". Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  10. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. ""Cullerlie stone circle", Standing Stones of Echt (SM90088)". Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  11. ^ http://www.stone-circles.org.uk/stone/midmarkirk.htm