Old Photograph St Finans Church Lumphanan Scotland

Old photograph of St Finan's Parish Church in Lumphanan village situated ten miles from Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. St Finan's Parish Church was built in 1762, on the apparent site of earlier ecclesiastical foundations from the 7th and 13th centuries. The site was also dedicated to St Vincent after the Reformation. Additions were made to the current church in 1851. It is located on a small hillock above Cloak Burn, near to the manse Peel of Lumphanan. Lumphanan is documented to be the site of the Battle of Lumphanan of 1057 AD, where King Malcolm III of Scotland defeated Macbeth of Scotland. Macbeth was mortally wounded on the north side of the Mounth in 1057, after retreating with his men over the Cairnamounth Pass to take his last stand at the battle at Lumphanan. The Prophecy of Berchán has it that he was wounded at Lumphanan and died at Scone by Perth, Perthshire, sixty miles to the south, some days later. Mac Bethad's stepson Lulach mac Gille Coemgáin was installed as king soon after. The nearby Peel of Lumphanan was built in the early 13th century, and is a good surviving example of an earthwork castle, This site was used in the filming of the 1984 children's TV series A Box of Delights which was based on John Masefield's fantasy novel of the same name.

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