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Rathven Kirk
Rathven is located in Moray
Rathven shown within Moray
OS grid reference NJ444657
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BUCKIE
Postcode district AB56
Dialling code 01542
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
57°40′41″N 2°56′02″W / 57.678°N 2.934°W / 57.678; -2.934Coordinates: 57°40′41″N 2°56′02″W / 57.678°N 2.934°W / 57.678; -2.934

Rathven (Scots: Raffin)[1] is an ecclesiastical parish, village and former civil parish in the historic county of Banff, now in Moray, Scotland. The civil parish was last used as a census subdivision in 2001 when the population was 12,378,[2] The former burgh of Buckie is the largest settlement in the parish, which also includes Findochty and Portknockie.


View of the altar of St. Peter's Church, Rathven

The Roman Catholic St Peter's Church is in the town of Buckie. It is sometimes inaccurately referred to as a cathedral. St Gregory's Church, Preshome and St Ninian's Church, Tynet are served from here. The church was built in 1851-7 to a design by Bishop James Kyle and Alexander and William Reid. In 1907 the chancel, altar and baptistry were altered by Charles Jean Ménart, who also designed St Aloysius Church, Glasgow.[3]

Notable people[edit]

The Addison family in Rathven can be traced back to the 17th century and this branch includes the Canadian-Czech philanthropist, Vincent Peter Addison (d. 2007) and the travel writer, David M. Addison whose latest work "Confessions of a Banffshire Loon" contains much information about the Addisons of Rathven as well as the Addisons of nearby Portknockie where Joseph Addison was the first Provost. There are also a couple of chapters on the Gordons of Letterfourie who were the lairds of Rathven.[4]

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