Listed Building

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Status: Removed


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Date Added
Date Removed:
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 79109 64464
379109, 864464

Removal Reason

Dual designation


CHURCH: probably 16th century of 2 builds on earlier site and possibly incorporating medieval material. Long narrow roofless rubble building orientated E-W on cliff-top site. 2 entrances in long S elevation and irregular fenestration. Blocked (probably 17th century) door in E gable flanked internally at left by small round-headed niche (?sacrament house); at right Barclay of Tolly mural memorial consisting of narrow rectangular (blind) upper portion surmounting larger rectangular plaque forming T-plan, the whole enclosed by substantial moulded border with continuous stylised foliate (or perhaps grape) carved decoration on outer face and stylised floral (4-petalled) carving on inner face.

Small narrow segmental-headed Sacrament House at left of E gable blocked door. Other mural memorials on S aspect of N elevation.

BURIAL GROUND: rubble walled burial ground; carriage entrance flanked by pair square 19th century rubble gatepiers with shallow pyramidal caps; pair simple cast-iron carriage gates. Various mural memorials and tombstones from 17th, 18th centuries and subsequent.

Statement of Special Interest

Site and church given to monks of Arbroath by King William the Lion 1189-98. The present building may incorporate fabric from earlier churches but in its present form is probably 16th century in date.

The Latin inscription on the Barclay of Tolly memorial reads 'Here lies an honourable man Patrick Barclay who died on the or the month of... in the year of our Lord one thousand five hundred.... and Janet Ogilvie, his spouse, who died on the sixth day of the month of January in the year of our Lord one thousand five hundred and.....'

The niche above the panel probably contained a cross for underneath is another Latin inscription reading 'Patrick Barclay under this cross caused me to be made'.

The Barclay of Tolly family had their castle at Cullen of Buchan, now Mains of Cullen (NJ 731 636) where the abandoned late 18th century farmhouse has a re-used 16th century skewputt with armorial and Barclay initials.

Scheduled monument.



N K MacLeod, THE CHURCHES OF BUCHAN (1898), pp 122-3. J B

Pratt, BUCHAN (1858, revised 1901), pp 327-35, 337.

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