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‘An outstanding ‘gothick’ church’

John R Hume highlights an architectural treasure in Aberdeenshire.

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ECHT is a parish in that part of Aberdeenshire known as Gordon, west of Aberdeen City. Its church and village are at the cross-roads formed by routes between Aberdeen and Ballater, and Banchory and Kintore.

The mediaeval parish belonged to the Abbey of Scone, granted to it by Thomas de Lundin in the 13th century. Its church was dedicated to St Finichen. The present church, described below, replaced the mediaeval one in 1806, but the ruins of the old church, in its graveyard, survived until 1966, when they were removed. The graveyard survives.

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