01 Oct Birnie, Moray
This is near Elgin and worth visiting on any tours of Scotland to see the church.
Birnie was once a place of worship for the early Celtic Church.
It has been a religious site for many centuries.
The present church dates from the 12th Century and is a Norman church.
It has a Norman chancel arch and also a Norman front.
The sculptured “Birnie Stone”, dating from the 9th Century, was found on the site.
The Ronnel Bell is a relic of the Celtic church.
This ancient square-sided altar bell was traditionally believed to have been made in Rome.
The bell was also believed to have been blessed by the pope.
Birnie was the seat of the first four Bishops of Moray, 1107 – 1184.
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