The History of the Howe - Arbuthnott

The Arbuthnott family, who take their name from the area, have played a major part in the history of the Howe o' the Mearns for 800 years, and continue to do so today. The Right Honourable, The Viscount of Arbuthnott is the Lord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire, and both he and his wife are deeply involved in the community life of the Howe.

A popular place with visitors to Arbuthnott is the 13th Century Parish Church of St. Ternan, which is situated down by the banks of the Bervie Water, within half a mile of Arbuthnott House. For anyone who is interested in architecture, the old church has plenty to offer, as does Arbuthnott House - although it is only open to the public on special occasions. The gardens, however, are open throughout the year.

The kirkyard also has lots to interest history enthusiasts. In the earliest part there are some extremely ancient gravestones, while in the more modern section the gravestone of the aurthor Lewis Grassic Gibbon can be found tucked into a peaceful corner of the cemetery. It was he who immortalise Arbuthnott and the Mearns through his writings, particularly in his best-known work "A Scots Quair".

The Grassic Gibbon Centre, a visitor centre dedicated to the life and times of this great Scottish author, was built by the community of Arbuthnott in 1991. It forms an extension to the Parish Hall, and is situated beside the former Post Office and Shop. Bloomfield, the croft where Gibbon's family lived and worked during their time in Arbuthnott, can be found within easy reach of the Centre, as can other local landmarks mentioned in his writing.

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