Hey, friends! A few weeks ago, I wrote about Fordyce, Scotland, and the sixteenth-century fairy tale castle that graces the center of that charming village. Mr. C and I were so delighted to come across the castle on our visit and were equally thrilled when we saw St. Talorgan’s, the old medieval church ruins and cemetery right next door. Of course, we just had to wander over for a closer look.
We learned that St. Talorgan’s (also called Old Fordyce Church) is thought to have been built in the 13th-century, very likely on the site of an earlier church dedicated to St. Talorgan. According to the information board at the site, St. Talorgan is believed to have been of Irish descent. He “came to these northern parts to spread the Christian Gospel and in time, was dignified as a Bishop in the Holy Roman Church by Pope Gregory.”
The original church structure would have been long and rectangular.
All that remains of the original building today, however, is the roofed, two-story bell tower, the chancel (divided into two burial enclosures), the roofless chapel known as St. Mary’s Aisle, and a roofed burial enclosure, known as the Abercrombie Aisle. Shall we take a look around?
For over a thousand years, Christian worship took place on this site, but by the end of the eighteenth-century, the existing church was no longer meeting the needs of its parishioners. So, a new kirk was built on the west side of the village, consecrated in 1804.
Today, that replacement church is no longer a place of worship but is the home of The Old Kirk Cafe and Bistro. I think it’s a bit sad that it is no longer used for the purpose it was built, but wow, what a great place to eat. And in such a cool setting!
Fordyce may be a tiny village, but if you ever find yourself exploring the area along Scotland’s Moray Firth coast, it is well worth the quick stop to enjoy a meal, see the castle, and have a wander around the kirkyard. St. Talorgan’s was another great Scottish find.
Well, that’s it for today. I hope you all continue to stay safe and healthy as things around the world are slowly starting to reopen. Take care, and I’ll see you again soon!