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The Churchyard

The churchyard contains many, old and beautifully carved table stones besides a number of interesting vertical stones and tablets, some dating back to the 16th century. The oldest part of the graveyard is that on the south side of the church, adjacent to the manse but on account of extensions the burial area now completely surrounds the church.


       Close by the north wall of the churchyard will be found a large, sculptured stone standing 9ft 2 ins. high by 4ft wide at the base, 3ft 8 ins. at the top and 10 ins. deep. It is sculptured in relief on one face only. For many years it served as a footbridge across the adjacent burn but was rescued from this ignoble use by Lord Frederick Gordon of Hallyburton in 1860 and placed in its present position. Judging from the well worn and hollowed out surface of the non-sculptured face, the stone must have done considerable service over a very long period of years. The sculptured face is also badly disfigured but certain geometrical designs and the figures of mythical animals, which delighted the Celtic sculptors can be discerned. Details of the relief are to be found in "The Ancient Monuments of Scotland" by Romally Allen and Joseph Anderson.

                            ANCIENT SCULPTURED STONE                                                RELIEF OF SCULPTURED STONE


       Alongside this ancient stone will be found a collection of fragments which evidently were parts of some ecclesiastical buildings of pre-Reformation times. There is also a fragment of an ancient Celtic Cross of unknown origin, Close by is a round, stone ball which surmounted the old belfry, removed in 1893.

ERE LEAVING this ancient Church and Churchyard with all its sacred memories and hallowed associations, the visitor should pause to read the Epitaph on a stone that stands near the Lych Gate, which speaks of the brevity of man's life and of his inevitable end.

"Stop and think as you pass by

As you are now, so once was I

As I am now, so you must be

Prepare yourself and follow me.”



One of the most interesting of the table stones is that in memory of Patrick Yoolow, which can be seen not far from the old bell. The Yoolows had been in residence in the parish of Kettins for upwards of three hundred years, as can be ascertained from a note in tile church records. They figured in a lawsuit which lasted a number of days, held in the old parochial school in Coupar Angus, in March 1837. The pursuer was Peter Duncan and the defenders were the legatees of the will of David Yoolow. The pursuer wished to overthrow the will on the grounds that Yoolow was, "from weakness of constitution of mind incapable of making a will." The defenders gained their case.


       On the east side of the church, facing the Lych Gate, stands an old font, the pillar of which at one time formed the base and pillar of the old Mercat Cross of Kettins. The upper part of the cross which stood at the south west corner of what is now the school grounds, has unfortunately been lost.

Authorised permission from Mark Hall, the History Officer at the Museum in Perth was kindly given to reproduce and publish the above Pictish cross slab leaflet... Thank you.