Kinneff Old Church is 8 miles south of
Stonehaven, 6 miles south of Dunnottar
Castle. The Church is famous as the place
the Scottish Crown Jewels were hidden during
the English Civil War.
The Church is open most days throughout the
year free to visit. Postcode: DD10 0TJ.
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The image top is of the entrance to the
The second image is of the Church Interior
with boards giving information on the Scottish
Crown Jewels and how the became hidden in the
The third image is of a Replica of the
Scottish Crown Jewels. The originals can be
viewed at Edinburgh Castle.
Kinneff Old Church History
1242 - the first Church building was
completed on this site at Kinneff.
1449 - the Scottish Crown Jewels were first
recorded, known as the Honours of Scotland,
with claims they are the oldest Crown Jewels in
the UK, and among the oldest in
1642 - the English Civil
War breaks out as Government forces led by
Oliver Cromwell fought to take control of the
country from King Charles I.
1649 - Cromwell had King Charles I executed
by beheading, leading to England becoming a
1649 - Cromwell had the English Crown Jewels
1651 January - Charles II was crowned King
of Scotland at Scone Abbey with the Scottish
1651 January - Cromwell's army had reached
Edinburgh as he set about taking control of
Scotland, leading to the Scottish Crown Jewels
being stored at Dunnottar Castle for
1651 November - Cromwell’s army reached
Dunnottar Castle with the intention of
destroying the Crown Jewels.
1652 February - the Crown Jewels were
smuggled out of Dunnottar Castle and hidden at
Kinneff Old Church. It is thought women were
involved in smuggling the Jewels out, either in
sacks or by boat.
1652 May - the arrival of Artillery for
Cromwell's forces led to Dunnottar Castle being
1661 - Charles II was restored to the throne
of Great Britain.
1661 - the new English Crown Jewels were
created for Charles II.
1661 - the Scottish Crown Jewels were locked
away in Edinburgh Castle and forgotten
1737 - Kinneff Old Church is rebuilt.
1818 - a group of people including Sir
Walter Scott found the Scottish Crown Jewels in
1819 - the Scottish Crown Jewels were put on
display in the Crown Room of Edinburgh Castle.
They are only ever removed for State
1822 - the Scottish Crown Jewels were taken
to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh for
the visit of King George IV, the first visit to
Scotland by a reigning monarch since Charles II
1876 - Kinneff Old Church is enlarged.
1953 - the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
took place at Westminster Abbey. Her first
visit to Scotland that year saw the Scottish
Crown carried before her in a procession from
the Palace of Holyroodhouse to the High Kirk of
St Giles in Edinburgh.