The village of Auchenblae is situated in the Kincardine and Mearns area of Aberdeenshire around 12 miles south west of Stonehaven.
Its name derives from the Gaelic for ‘Field of Flowers’ possibly due to the growing of flax in the past. The village was renowned once for its weavers, a distillery and the annual Paldie’s Fair horse market.
On the opposite side of the Luther Water there is a parish church that was built as Fordoun Parish Church on a site known as a religious site of Kirkton of Fordoun since the 7th century. Reputedly this is the place of burial of St Palladius, the first Bishop pf the Christians of Ireland preceding Saint Patrick.