Restennet  Angus


In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Restennet like this:

Restennet, an ancient parish of central Forfarshire, now forming the northern district of Forfar parish, which hence is legally known as Forfar-Restennet. A sheet of water, called Restennet Loch, on the Rescobie boundary, was drained at great expense, in the latter part of last century, for the sake of obtaining a rich supply of shell-marl in its bed. ...

A peninsula, projecting into the lake froma very narrow isthmus, rose into an eminence, which was crowned by a priory, 1½ mile ENE of Forfar. At Restennet St Bonifacius is said to have baptized the Pictish king, Nectan, in 710, and to have dedicated a church to St Peter (see Rosemarkie); and on the site of this church David I. founded an Augustinian priory, which Malcolm IV. made a cell of the Abbey of Jedburgh. The roofless priory church, repaired during 1863-66, is First Pointed in style, and has a NW broach spire 70 feet high. It served as the parish church of Forfar till 1591, and was afterwards the burying-place of the families of Dempster and Hunter. Traces remain, too, of a cloister-garth 60 feet square.—Ord. Sur., sh. 57, 1868.

Restennet through time

Restennet is now part of Angus district. Click here for graphs and data of how Angus has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Restennet itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Restennet in Angus | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 20th October 2020

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