Kilspindie Church

Ecclesiastical records of the Parish indicate that there was a chapel at Kylspyndy in 1214, and although the present Church was built around 1670, records also show Ministers in Kilspindie dating from 1563.

The Union of the Churches of Kilspindie & Rait took place around 1619. Over the past hundred years or so church membership has varied from X to with current membership standing at 95.

In 1670, the plan of the Church was somewhat different to the present arrangement, having a balcony on the north, east and west walls with the seating facing the south wall. The pulpit was situated between the two large windows.  Refurbishment took place in 1938 resulting in the existing layout.

Inside Kilspindie Church 3   Inside Kilspindie Church 2   Inside Kilspindie Church 1  You have been warned and warmed   Church silver   Collection plate  

Past history links William Wallace (1272-1305) to the Church at Kilspindie. The west wall between the graveyard Wallaces Gate from Church side - filled inand the orchard  of Kilspindie Farmhouse contains the Wallace Doorway  Wallaces Gate from farm side - filled in through which, traditionally, the national hero would walk to church while staying at Kilspindie Castle. The Castle was demolished prior to 1670, and unfortunately no records exist which show its exact location.

However, during excavations for the present Kilspindie farm house Kilspindie Manse   Kilspindie Manse 2,  remains of stone walls and up fill approximately 21/2 meters deep became evident, and it is generally accepted that this was part of the old castle site.

On the south wall of our Church a number of moulded stones, together with the face of a sundial Sundial in Church Wall 3    Sundial in Church Wall 2  Sundial in Church Wall  have been built into the structure and are still clearly visible.

Present historians agree that these stones originated in Kilspindie Castle. In fact, the author Lawrence Melville in his book “The Fair Lands of Gowrie” writes that the “moulded stones were shamefully quarried from the old Castle.” Who authorized this shameful deed remains unknown!

The Lych-gate, Memorial Gate which congregation and visitors alike pass through to the Church, was constructed as the Parish War Memorial and part or our Remembrance Day service is still held at the lych-gate.

The minister and session of Kilspindie & Rait Parish Church hope you have enjoyed your visit and would be pleased to welcome you to our Sunday morning worship held between 9.30-10-30am. sign


Chapter XXIX.



Contributed by Rev. Eric M. DAVIDS0N, M.A., KILSPINDIE

 In 1114, the sixth century Culdee Cell (college) at Scone was superseded by a monastery — the first abbey to be built in Scotland. The charter of this foundation gives over to the monks “Fingask with one [carucatis] . . . and a common interest in the River Tay, so that they may fish it.” Kilspindie parish thus appears early within the sphere of influence of the Abbey of Scone.

No record can be traced of the actual founding of the chapel at Kilspindie,

But In the reign of Alexander II. (1214 – 1249) there is mention in the Liber de Scon of one “Malcolmus abbe de Kynspinedin,” and the parish church of “Kilspinedy” is one of the churches of the Abbey of Scone, in a Bull of Pope Benedict, in the reign of Robert III. (1390-1406).

A glance at the map suggests that Kilspindie, in its central position, saw a considerable amount of coming and going between the Abbeys at Scone, Cupar (Coupar Angus), Lindores, and Abernethy. It is said, for instance, that a certain priest from Lindores would land from his boat, (the river, it is thought, must then have flowed on the Kilspindie side of the Carse), tie his boat to a tree which then stood near the hairpin bend of the modern road and walk up to the Chapel by what is traditionally known as “The Minister’s Brae”. More credible is the belief that the Cupar Abbey monks had a right of way over the top of the hill near the Swirlhead, via Ladywell, Gasconhall, Kilspindie Den and thence by the Burn Alley to Port Allen. This bridle path is said to have been used by the monks to carry their grain and produce to be ground at the mill or shipped for abroad.

There is tradition to the effect that there used to be a nunnery at the Goddens, but no trace of anything of this nature remains at the present day.  Tho story is quoted by the Rev. J. M. Strachan, an authority on local history and folk lore. Where he got his information is not known, but one nonagenarian in the neighbourhood remembers her father relate how the tradition had been handed down to him by his father, and certainly many of the stones in the present farm buildings are obviously very old.   [A stone in the south-west corner, however, bears the date of as late as 1774.] Moreover, the lands of Arnbathy certainly be longed to Scone Abbey from an early date, and these quite probably included the Goddens.

The first mention in the Liber de Scon, p.31, of a chapel at Rate, is in the reign of William   (1165-1214).    The chapel appears Liber de Scon, p.48, among the churches





Roman Church:

Malcolm Abbe de Knyspinedin




1214 – 1249

Henry Cramby vicar of Kylspyndy



Church of Scotland: Protestant & Episcopalian:

Alexander Jarden (2)


1583 .1571

Mr Kinnear?


1671 – 1574

Alexander Dunmure (3)


1574 –  1587

James Row (4)



George Symer



David Williamson


1622 – 1646

John Hall


1646 – 1656

Henry Guthrie (5)



John Blair (6)


1666 -1691

Church of Scotland: Presbyterian:

William Inglis (or English) (7)


1698  – 1726

Robert Coventry


1727 – 1761

Alan Stewart


1762 – 1787

Anthony Dow



David Black


1818 -1850

William Lang Wotherspoon


1850 – 1888

James McTurk Strachan


1888 – 1936

Eric M Davidson



Edward Beal(8)



John McNeill Urquhart


1966 -1980

P Douglas Wilson


1980 – 1985

Douglas M Main


1986 – 1997

John Pickering


1997 -2004

Douglas M Mein





  1. There was a chapel at “Rate” reputedly dedicated to St Peter In the reign of King William 1165 – 1214 Legend says it was set on fire by Cromwell when he invaded Scotland (1650?). The two parishes are said to have been united soon after the Reformation, or during the tenure of George Symer (1615 -1622).

  2. Mr Jarden’s dates are uncertain. According to the minutes of the General Assembly of the time his conduct fell under some scandal and he may have been removed from his charge.

  3. Alexander Dunmure was also minister of Errol and had three readers under him: Nell Ramsay at Rait, Andro Stewart at Kilspindie, and William Powry at Errol.

  4. After a Kirk visitation it was said of James Row that. “He resorted over meikle to the burgh of Perth, specallie upon the Satterday, that he takis no pain to studie, and is giffen to drink” He was found dead with Robert Rhind, the minister of Longforgan, in a house in Dundee on 29th December 1614,’having gone well to bed’!

  5. Henry Guthrie was known as “Mr Harie” and he was apparently in the thick of the conflict after the restoration of the King following Cromwell’s Republic. He was appointed Moderator of the Presbytery of Perth by the Bishop of St Andrews and held the appointment for a number of years. He was promoted to Bishop of Dunkeld on 24th August 1665.

  6. John Blair was deprived of his Charge for refusing to submit to the Presbytery and declare allegiance to the new government. It was said that he did not “keep the fast for King William’s success in his expiditions to Ireland”, and that he baptised infants outside his own parish. He was accordingly libelled for contumacy end disorderly practices.

  7. William Inglis was prosecuted by the Presbytery for intemperate language and slanderous accusations, and the charge was declared vacant and a new minister, David Schaw, introduced in 1717 Inglis appealed and won his case and restoration at the Commission of the Assembly.

  8. Edward Beal took over the church hall for his model railway layout sometime in the 1950s. The hall was “reclaimed’ by the congregation in 1989 and renovated during 1990 – 1996.


Kilspindie Church Yard   Weavers grave   headstone   Kilspindie Victorian letter box   Memorial to a William Wallace died 1837 aged 77 erected by his sons Robert and William