Dargie Church - ancient church founded by Bonifacius Queretinus

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The ruins of Dargie Church The ruins of Dargie Church William Shand

Dargie church at Invergowrie has long been associated with the early Christian church, in fact the original site is said to have been a royal point of embarkation at which Alexander I planned to build his palace.

Dargie Church, is situated in Station Road near the Invergowrie Burn, the Church ruins have been photographed since the birth of photography, built upon a man made mound one can only speculate to the treasures an archealogical dig could uncover about its history.

Thomas the rhymer and Dargie Church

The sage Thomas the Rhymer is credited with having uttered the following prophesy.

"When the Yowes O'Gowrie come to land, the day O' Judgement's near at hand".

A famous legend tells of Satan throwing stones from the Hills of Fife in an attempt to destroy Dargie Church. Two landed short an fell into the Tay (The Yowes O' Gowrie) and one overshot it's mark and landed in the grounds of the Swallow Hotel.

The Prince of Darkness and Dargie Church

It seems the Prince of Darkness had a persistant ill-will to the Carse of Gowrie.

Whether to revenge his defeat or not, we cannot say, but legend tells he was once desirous of coming from Kirkcaldy to the Carse. He took with him a lapful of stones, which he meant to use as stepping-stones across the Tay into the lands of Gowrie. Just as he was stepping over Benarty Hill in Kinross, he stumbled, dropping on the land beneath the boulders that mark it. From: THE ECCLESIASTICAL TRADITIONS AND HISTORY OF THE PARISH OF LONGFORGAN

There are many legends surrounding dargie church, one story is that it was founded by a pope named Bonifacius Queretinus who was reputedly decended from the sister of St. Andrew and St. Peter, and born at Bethsaida.

Bonifacius is also associated with the Christmas legend. The legend states that Bonifacius encountered a number of Bavarian Druids about to sacrifice a young boy near a sacred Oak tree. When Bonifacius chopped down the tree a tiny evergreen was seen growing behind it. The gathered Druids immediately fell to their knees and hung their lanterns upon it.

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