Abernethy Old Kirk, Nethy Bridge

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Latest news and events for Abernethy Old Kirk

BBC Alba visited the Old Kirk recently and their film can be seen below. We hope you enjoy it!

Abernethy Old Kirk on BBC Alba from E4 Web Design on Vimeo.

Published on Monday, 06 July 2015 22:21

“Lest we forget”…..there will be a commemorative display for the centenary of WW1 in Abernethy Old Kirk, Nethy Bridge commencing Sunday 30th March and continuing throughout the year. Abernethy Old Kirk Association acknowledges the importance of keeping the memory alive of those who served in this conflict and on the home front.

Mark Whitton, the Association’s Genealogist said “Many WW1 records were destroyed during the blitz in WW2 and if we can encourage families to share their ancestor’s war experiences by loaning documents, photographs, memorabilia and anecdotes then they can be recorded for posterity.“

If you wish to loan any items, which will be placed in secure display cabinets, then please telephone Olwen on 01479 821944 for more information. Copies of documents, photos and anecdotes can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Published on Sunday, 16 March 2014 10:43

On Saturday 28th September the Old Kirk is part of the "Doors Open Days" organised by the Highland Council.  The Old Kirk will be open from 10am to 4pm, tea/coffee and home-baking will be available, information sheets have been produced to guide you round the building and Organ Recitals by David Johnston will be performed at various times throughout the day.  Please do try to come along and celebrate this day with us.

Published on Sunday, 15 September 2013 00:00

The 'Cribs and Christening Gowns Exhibition' runs from the 3rd of August to the 26th of August, (11am to 5pm, closed Tuesdays and Thursdays), and shows some interesting cribs reflecting the superstitions of the times they were made.
Some have little wooden knobs on the side to tie plaited wool across the crib to keep the baby safe from the "Changeling Fairy". Apparently fairy babies could be recognised by putting  them on a fire and chanting a formula. If it is a changeling, it would leave, climbing up the chimney! There is a 'twin' crib, swinging cribs and various vernacular cribs from around the Highlands.
The Christening gowns on display show some delicate embroidery particular to the area the gown was made. All items are kindly loaned by the Highland Folk Museum.
This years genealogy display if of the author of 'In the Shadow of Cairngorm', the Revd. William Forsyth's family and very interesting it is too. Apart from the Revd. Forsyth's interesting life his relations were everything from a Member of Parliament to a coffee planter in Sri Lanka to a rancher in Rhodesia....the list goes on but do not take my word for it, come along and see for yourself!
We also have second hand books, crafts, tombola, and home made cake and other refreshments.

Published on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 21:36

Hello All,

We are happy to introduce an extra event into our calendar this year- Fiona Kyle from Inspirational Harping will be performing at the Old Kirk on Wednesday the 24th of April from 2pm to 3.30pm.

Fiona will be playing the 'Clarsach' or Scottish Harp and has a wide repertoire from traditional Scottish to modern- Coldplay, Robbie Williams and Florence and the Machine just some of them. Fiona can be seen on Youtube here- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxJZV1KrSAo

There is no entry fee but donations will be gratefully accepted as normal!

We look forward to seeing you there.

Published on Thursday, 11 April 2013 07:27