From Wikishire
Jump to: navigation, search
Scots: Raffin
Rathven Kirk - geograph.org.uk - 185542.jpg
Rathven Kirk
Grid reference: NJ444657
Location: 57°40’41"N, 2°56’2"W
Population: 12,378
Post town: Buckie
Postcode: AB56
Dialling code: 01542
Local Government
Council: Moray

Rathven is a village and parish in Banffshire. The parish has a population of 12,378[1] and includes the burghs of Buckie, Findochty and Portknockie.


View of the altar of St. Peter's Church, Rathven

In the village, as well as Rathven Kirk is the Roman Catholic St Peter's Church. It is sometimes inaccurately referred to as a cathedral. St Gregory's Church in Preshome and St Ninian's Church in Tynet are served from here. The church was built in 1851-7 to a design by Bishop James Kyle and Alexander and William Reid. In 1907 the chancel, altar and baptistry were altered by Charles Jean Ménart, who also designed St Aloysius Church in Glasgow.[2]

Notable people

The Addison family in Rathven can be traced back to the 17th century and this branch includes the Canadian-Czech philanthropist, Vincent Peter Addison (d. 2007) and the travel writer, David M. Addison whose latest work "Confessions of a Banffshire Loon" contains much information about the Addisons of Rathven as well as the Addisons of nearby Portknockie where Joseph Addison was the first provost. There are also a couple of chapters on the Gordons of Letterfourie who were the lairds and masters of the people of Rathven.[3]


  1. General Register Office for Scotland : Census 2001 : KS01 Usual Resident Population : Rathven Civil Parish Retrieved 2009-12-18
  2. Notes from the Author, Geograph.org.uk Retrieved 29 January 2013
  3. davidmaddison.org retrieved 20 November 2013
("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Rathven)
Flag of Banffshire.svg
 This Banffshire article is a stub: help to improve Wikishire by building it up.