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St Drostan's Episcopal Church
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Post town BRECHIN
Postcode district DD9
Dialling code 01356
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56°54′18″N2°49′57″W / 56.904963°N 2.832445°W / 56.904963; -2.832445 Coordinates: 56°54′18″N2°49′57″W / 56.904963°N 2.832445°W / 56.904963; -2.832445

Tarfside is a small hamlet in Angus, Scotland. [1] It is situated in Glen Esk, on the upper course of the River North Esk, around 8 miles north of Edzell, [1] [2] and has a footpath to nearby Loch Lee. [3] Tarfside is commonly seen as a very beautiful place for walkers.

Tarfside is the location of an Episcopal church, St Drostan's, which was built in 1879 in memory of Alexander Penrose Forbes, Bishop of Brechin. This replaced earlier Episcopal meeting houses in Glen Esk. The church has had no resident clergyman since 1921 and is currently served from Brechin. The church also has a lodge which provides accommodation for groups or individuals. [4] [5]

During the Second World War, a secret Auxiliary Unit known as the "Tarfside Patrol" was based in the area. This was led by Sgt W.D. Kidd, who reported to the Group Commander Captain H.A. Ferrier, and Asst G.C. Lieut A.J. Mackie. An underground base would have been made which the patrol would have gone into hiding if the Germans had invaded. Research by the British Resistance Archive/Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team has identified the patrol members, but so far not the operational base (bunker).

War memorial at Tarfside War Memorial, Tarfside.jpg
War memorial at Tarfside

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  2. "Stonehaven and Banchory", Ordnance Survey Landranger Map (C1 ed.), 2009, ISBN   0-319-23168-2
  3. Tarfside. Undiscovered Scotland.
  4. "BrMS 11 Records of Tarfside Episcopal Church, Lochlee". Archive Services Online Catalogue. University of Dundee. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  5. "The church & its history". St Drostan’s Church & Lodge. Retrieved 20 August 2018.