Saint Fillans Church – Aberdour (Scotland 2011)


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This church is situated in a graveyard at the end of a narrow path just outside the walled gardens of Aberdour Castle. Dating back to the early twelfth century, the church was granted to Inchcolm Abbey at its foundation in 1123. Originally a narrow rectangle, the church has been altered several times over its lifetime. The church was abandoned in 1790 because the Countess of Morton did not like the populace of Aberdour coming to worship so close to Aberdour Castle so a new church was built on the High Street (now church hall, site number: 7758). After falling into a ruinous condition, the church was restored in 1925-6. Nearby, St. Fillan’s Well, also known as the Pilgrim’s Well, was renowned for its eye healing qualities. It was situated to the south east corner of the churchyard but now lies in a private garden and is covered over and drained. In 1447 land to the north of the church was granted for the construction of a hospice, known as the Hospital of St. Martha, to accommodate the large numbers of pilgrims coming to visit the well.

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Die Ursprünge der Saint Fillans Church reichen bis in das Jahr 1123 zurück. Zudem ist ihre Geschichte eng mit der des benachbarten Aberdour Castle verbunden.
Das im 15. Jahrhundert angebaute südliche Seitenschiff verleiht der heutigen Kirche ihren asymetrischen Grundriss.
Weitere Anbauten erfolgten im 16. und 17. Jahrhundert. Zu einer von ihnen gehört der Glockenturm.
Im Jahr 1640 ließ der Earl of Morton, in dessen Besitz sich Aberdour Castle zu jener Zeit befand, innerhalb der Kirche eine kleine Galerie für seine Familie errichten. Sie

wurde später durch eine Orgel ersetzt.
Ende des 18. Jahrhundert verfiel die Kirche aufgrund mangelnder Nutzung und stand irgendwann ohne Dach da.
Erst im Jahr 1925 entschloss sich die Gemeinde Aberdour, die verfallenen Kirche wieder aufzubauen und aufwendig zu restaurieren.

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