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Kinneff Old Kirk. The earlier church, in which the Scottish Regalia were hidden in 1651, was largely rebuilt in 1738.

Christian Fletcher, Lady Abercrombie, (1619 or 1620, Kinneff, Kincardineshire – February 1691) was a Scottish minister's wife who saved the Honours of Scotland from Cromwell's troops during the English invasion of Scotland.[1]

She was married from 1642 to James Granger (or Grainger), Presbyterian minister of Kinneff Church. In 1651, the Honours were kept at Dunnottar Castle, but had to be removed as the castle was about to be surrendered to the English.[2] The different parts were delivered on three occasions to the care of Fletcher, who buried them in Kinneff church. There are different versions of exactly how they were smuggled out of the castle and taken to Kinneff. In 1661, Parliament awarded Fletcher 2,000 merks in recognition of her service.[2]

She married James Sandilands, first Lord Abercrombie in 1663.

See also

  • Charles II's coronation at Scone Abbey on 1 January 1651


  1. "Fletcher, Christian". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2009-10-09. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Scott, Walter (1834). Provincial Antiquities of Scotland. Edinburgh: Robert Cadell. pp. 355–356. 

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