The present church dates
from 1808AD, however the first St Peter's church was referrred to as far
back as 1178AD. There are two bells in the bellcote one dated 1609 and
the other 1809.
On the rear wall of the
church are five ancient stones:
1 The central stone is
thought to have once been the shaft of a Celtic cross dating from 900AD to
2 The top centre class 1
Pictish stone dating from between 6th and 8th century is known as the 'Rothiebrisbane
Stone' which has an elaborate horse shoe symbol and another symbol of
three circles inside a fourth circle.
3 On the left is the Class
1 Pictish 'Baldyquash Stone' which shows an elephant or 'Pictish Beast',
mirrors symbols with crescent and 'V-rod' symbol .
4 On the right is an
incomplete class 1 Pictish stone known as the 'Kirkyard Stone' it shows a
double-disc and an eagle.
5 At the top is a 'Fluer-de-lys
crown' which is thought to have been from the 13th century St Marys priory
chapel which once stood near here.
At the rear of the church
is stained glass window depicting a full size 'St Michael' - this was made
by American artist 'Louis Comfort Tiffany'. This window was donated to
the church by American friends of Percy's father to the memory of 'Percy
Forbes-Leith' who died in the 'South African War' in the year 1900. In
the window St Michael is poised above a wheel wearing a coat of armour; he
is holding a flaming sword in his right hand and the banner of the cross
in his left hand. This window is considered 'priceless' because the
secret of producing the glass was a Tiffany speciality and has been lost
with the death of the last member of
the Tiffany family.
In the graveyard is the
grave of 'Tifty's Annie' who died 19th January 1673 - re the famous ballad
'The mill of Tifty's Annie' which is about Agnes Smith the millers
daughter and Andrew Lammie the trumpeter o’ Fyvie. The miller was unhappy
about his daughters relationship with the lowly trumpeter and locked her
up in the mill. The laird wasn't happy either it is said that he fancied
the young lass. The trumpeter reacted to her imprisonment by climbing to
the top of Fyvie Castle and blew his horn toward the mill. The trumpeter
was sent away abroad, today you can see a small statue of him with his
horn on the top of Fyvie Castle. It is said that Annie died of a broken
heart. Her original headstone was
replaced in 1859 with a 'Maltese Cross', and a small iron railing was
At the front of the church
is the impressive 'Forbes-Leith' burial area which has armorial panels
and a very impressive angel statue.
On the outside of the
church wall dated 1875 is a small polished pink granite
fountain which reads 'Presented by captain
A.H. Gordon 1875 John 13 – 14’
There is also a gravestone
in the kirkyard which refers to 'Alexander Gray', farmer in 'Mill of
Burns' who lived in the 17th / 18th century who died at the age of 86 and
it states that he had 32 legitimate children to two wives. (S.Bruce Nov