From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

St. Drostan's Episcopal Church, Tarfside - geograph.org.uk - 1618132.jpg
St Drostan's Episcopal Church
Tarfside is located in Angus
Location within Angus
OS grid referenceNO494796
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBRECHIN
Postcode districtDD9
Dialling code01356
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
56°54′18″N 2°49′57″W / 56.904963°N 2.832445°W / 56.904963; -2.832445Coordinates: 56°54′18″N 2°49′57″W / 56.904963°N 2.832445°W / 56.904963; -2.832445

Tarfside is a small hamlet in Angus, Scotland.[1] It is situated in the upper course of the Glen Esk valley of the River North Esk, around 8 miles north of Edzell,[1][2] and has a footpath to nearby Loch Lee.[3] Tarfside is a very beautiful place for walkers.

Tarfside is the location of an Episcopal church, St Drostan's which was built in 1879 in memory of Alexander Penrose Frobes, Bishop of Brechin. This replaced earlier Episcopal meeting houses in Glen Esk. The church has had no resident clergyman since 1921 and is currently served from Brechin. The church also has a lodge which provide accommodation for groups or individuals.[4][5]

During the Second World War, a secret Auxiliary Unit, known as the "Tarfside Patrol" was based in the area. This was led by Sgt W.D. Kidd, who reported to the Group Commander Captain H.A. Ferrier, and Asst G.C. Lieut A.J. Mackie. An underground base would have been made which the patrol would have gone into hiding if the Germans had invaded. Research by the British Resistance Archive / Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team have identified the patrol members but as of yet not the operational base (bunker).

War memorial at Tarfside


  1. ^ a b "Tarfside". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 12 May 2007.
  2. ^ "Stonehaven and Banchory", Ordnance Survey Landranger Map (C1 ed.), 2009, ISBN 0-319-23168-2
  3. ^ Tarfside. Undiscovered Scotland.
  4. ^ "BrMS 11 Records of Tarfside Episcopal Church, Lochlee". Archive Services Online Catalogue. University of Dundee. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  5. ^ "The church & its history". St Drostan’s Church & Lodge. Retrieved 20 August 2018.