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Birnie Kirk is a Church of Scotland church situated 4 km south of Elgin, in Moray. The church was built c. 1140 and became the first cathedral of the Bishop of Moray. It remained the cathedral church until 1184 when Bishop Simon de Tosny died. His successor Richard de Lincoln moved the seat to the church of Kinnedar. The church is one of the oldest in Scotland to have been in continuous use. It was listed in 1971 as a category A building.

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  • Die Birnie Kirk, ehemals St Brendon’s Church, ist ein Kirchengebäude der presbyterianischen Church of Scotland nahe der schottischen Kleinstadt Elgin in der Council Area Moray. 1971 wurde das Bauwerk in die schottischen Denkmallisten in der höchsten Denkmalkategorie A aufgenommen. Ihr Pfarrhaus ist separat als Kategorie-C-Bauwerk klassifiziert. Der umgebende Friedhof mit seinen Grabsteinen ist hingegen als Scheduled Monument geschützt.
  • Birnie Kirk is a Church of Scotland church situated 4 km south of Elgin, in Moray. The church was built c. 1140 and became the first cathedral of the Bishop of Moray. It remained the cathedral church until 1184 when Bishop Simon de Tosny died. His successor Richard de Lincoln moved the seat to the church of Kinnedar. The church is one of the oldest in Scotland to have been in continuous use. It was listed in 1971 as a category A building.
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  • Die Birnie Kirk, ehemals St Brendon’s Church, ist ein Kirchengebäude der presbyterianischen Church of Scotland nahe der schottischen Kleinstadt Elgin in der Council Area Moray. 1971 wurde das Bauwerk in die schottischen Denkmallisten in der höchsten Denkmalkategorie A aufgenommen. Ihr Pfarrhaus ist separat als Kategorie-C-Bauwerk klassifiziert. Der umgebende Friedhof mit seinen Grabsteinen ist hingegen als Scheduled Monument geschützt.
  • Birnie Kirk is a Church of Scotland church situated 4 km south of Elgin, in Moray. The church was built c. 1140 and became the first cathedral of the Bishop of Moray. It remained the cathedral church until 1184 when Bishop Simon de Tosny died. His successor Richard de Lincoln moved the seat to the church of Kinnedar. The church is one of the oldest in Scotland to have been in continuous use. The nave was shortened by a few feet in 1734 but the remainder is the original 12th-century structure. The building is constructed of finely cut ashlar blocks. It is simply designed with a nave and a smaller chancel. The nave and chancel are partitioned by a striking Romanesque arch. A baptismal font, contemporary with the building, sits in the corner of the nave. In the grounds stands the Birnie Symbol Stone, a Class I Pictish symbol stone, attesting to the area's long history. The circular nature of the grave yard suggests that the church overlies an earlier, Dark Age site. It was listed in 1971 as a category A building. There is a legend that in November 1704 Sir Robert Gordon, known as the "Wizard of Gordonstoun", was pursued by the Devil as he rode towards Birnie Kirk. In the chase, Sir Robert was thrown over the churchyard wall, breaking his neck. Since he died on consecrated ground, the Devil could not claim his soul.
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