Crieff Old Parish Church And Graveyard in 1888
Names of Crieff families buried here include Russell , Stirling , Ross, McVicar , Richardson , Malloch , Seton ,Riddell , Fraser , Davidson , Bruce ,Skeldoch , Wilson ,Salmond , Scott, Cameron, Duff, Maxton, Baxter , Robertson , Cairns , Clark ,Dow, Low , Fechney , Christie , Richard , Monteith , Tainsh , Black , McFarlane ,Sinclair , Drysdale , McNeil , Ritchie and McRorie .
Since the graveyard was " tidied up " by the Council in the 1990s we have sadly lost so much of the stone heritage that was a remarkable record of many of our town's past citizen's and families . Fortunately a survey was carried out in 1972 prior to the desecration . I have copied this and it is on this " blog " published in March 2015 at :
It was interesting that the vandals of yesteryear missed out in the removal of some of the oldest and interesting ones , namely the small "stump stones " located to the rear and side of the old building . These are shown below :
Let me conclude this wee " blog " with pointing out a significant difference in the building as shown in 1888 in the etching and as it stands in its forlorn state at present in July 2015 .
If you look at the entrance door off Church Street ( I did prefer the older name Kirkgate ! ) you will see that there two long windows on either side of the doorway , running more or less full height . The 1888 sketch shows four separate windows . In all probability there was no door on this gable end ( you cannot see from the sketch because of the shrubbery ) . The original building had a balcony and these windows provided light to the elevated worshippers . The church was approached from Pudding Lane or Bank Street s it is now known and the path led to the main front entrance below the tower .
It is important to ensure that this area of Crieff is not vandalised and turned into a car park as some opinions seem to favour ! We have lost enough of our heritage . The building alas is in all probability beyond redemption and should be demolished but the graveyard grounds can become a green area- an oasis of peace and tranquillity .