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Maryculter

(Kirkton of Maryculter)
Aberdeenshire

A hamlet in an Aberdeenshire parish of the same name, Maryculter, or more fully the Kirkton of Maryculter (pronounced 'Marycooter'), lies to the south of the River Dee, 5 miles (8 km) southwest of Aberdeen. Little remains of the old kirk close to Maryculter House by the Dee. Dedicated to St. Mary and a dependent chapel of the church of St. Peter at Peterculter, Maryculter was held by the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem in Mediaeval times, a link remembered in local names such as Templars Park. In the new church, built in 1782, are carved effigies of Thomas Menzies and his wife Marion. It was the Menzies family that acquired the estate of Maryculter in the 14th Century, the last of this name, John Menzies, gifting land in 1829 to the Catholic bishops for the founding of nearby Blairs (St. Mary's) College.


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