Lost Villages Project

This is a Partnership initiative between The Kinneff Old Church Preservation Trust
and The Howe o’ the Mearns Heritage Association.

Research is currently taking place to establish a record of four “Lost Villages” on the Mearns coastline between Catterline and Inverbervie.
The four old fishing villages are:
• Crawton, where the ruins of a few cottages remain
• Gapool or Gawpol, situated above Braidon Bay of which there remains no trace.
• Shieldhill, situated just below the Old Church of Kinneff, where the ruins of a few cottages remain
• Little Johnshaven, which is just south of Shieldhill where a single ruined cottage and the remains of a salmon bothy, can still be seen today.

Aims of the Project:
To establish and signpost the locations of these three villages
To provide summary feedback of the research, by means of an on-going display in the Old Church
To enlist the help of visitors to the church and graveyard, by gathering and sharing information
To provide a final display by April 2013, in the Old Church, and on the websites of both organisations.

Your part in this Project:

We would welcome any information which will assist in the research, from personal recollections or family ancestry, and sheets are provided in a folder  at Kinnef church for this purpose.

We are aware that visitors come from all over the world to visit the Old Church. The connection with the Scottish Regalia being smuggled from Dunnottar Castle by the minister’s wife, and hidden under the pulpit of the church, is a unique moment in Scottish history.

From the comments in the visitor’s book, we are also aware that many people visit, to try to establish family connections, and also to pay their respects to family members who are buried there.

If you visit th chuch we would urge you to sign the visitor’s book, and to add any comments or information requests in the folder as well.  

Findings of the research will be published in the Maggie Law Maritime Museum, and on the websites of Maggie Law Maritime Museum and the The Kinneff Old Church Preservation Trust

Researchers Ray Milne and Neal Weston are leading on this Project, and can be contacted on:
Ray Milne - Send Email

Neal Weston -  Send Email

Click for Map

Aberdeenshire Council
Lathallan School
Harbour Bar
Scottish Tourist Board
site map | cookie policy | privacy policy | accessibility statement