Kirkmichael Kirk

A forgotten corner linked to the Black Death.

There is a corner of Kirkmichael Parish churchyard where, despite the lack of space, there are no marked graves.

This is because in 1350 AD, a terrible plague, the Galor Mor, better known as the Black Death, struck the glen and its victims were buried in unmarked graves.

To ward off the plague, the Bishop of Dunkeld visited his surrounding parishes administering consecrated items, one of which was water into which the bones of St. Columba had been dipped. Those who drank the water lived; those who refused to drink died. The bishop declared that the bones of those who succumbed to the plague would retain the disease, and the corner of the churchyard where they were buried remains undisturbed.

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