Listed Building

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Status: Removed


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Date Added
Date Removed:
Local Authority
Perth And Kinross
Planning Authority
Perth And Kinross
Liff And Benvie
NO 35069 30150
335069, 730150

Removal Reason

Dual designation


Earlier 16th century, later N aisle. Roofless rectangular-plan church, extended on N elevation by shorter aisle. Pink and grey rubble sandstone, irregular quoins, other dressings ashlar. Chamfered openings and cavetto wallhead course to S elevation; string course at wallhead level, E and W gables, pediments slightly recessed, moulded skewputts and evidence of coped skews; Tudor-arched door to W gable. N aisle, coursed pink and grey squared rubble sandstone, eroded droved ashlar quoins; pointed arches; ashlar corbel table to wallhead.

S ELEVATION: round-headed nave door to left, square-headed chancel door to right flanked on left by formerly trefoil-headed window and on right by blocked square-headed window.

W ELEVATION: door to original gable at right; large pointed-arch door with moulded surround to later aisle at left, wrought-iron gates and grilles.

E ELEVATION: original gable to left, remains of Bourke family burial enclosure, 2 classical memorial plaques, part of N elevation to right return blank; N aisle gable recessed to right, remains of burial enclosure (droved ashlar), moulded pointed-arch window with stone slab infill sculpted in imitation of large diamond-pane glazing.

N ELEVATION: predominantly blank; gun-barrel waterspout to left.

INTERIOR: original building; tombstones on floor, remains of water spout to E of nave door, Clayhill family memorials at N wall. N aisle; blocked doorway and round-headed arch at S wall (external wall of original building), Mylne family memorial at N wall.

CHURCHYARD: 18th and 19th century tombstones, rubble enclosing wall, collapsed in places, round-headed ashlar gateposts to W.

COCKS/COX TOMBS: Cocks family burial enclosure, ashlar tombstone, cast-iron railings; Cox family burial enclosure, polished Peterhead granite surmounted by urn, cast-iron railings.

STANDING STONE: unmarked standing stone at NW corner.

Statement of Special Interest

St Peter's Church and Churchyard is a Scheduled Monument. The church is sometimes referred to as Dargie church. The church is claimed to be the oldest ecclesiastical foundation north of the Tay, being founded by St Boniface during the late 7th century, who also went on to establish the church at Tealing and Restenneth. There was formerly a carved stone in the blocked window to the east of the south elevation, now in the collection of the Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh. The trefoil-headed window of the south elevation, now seriously eroded, is shown in MacGibbon and Ross. See also the NOTES to Liff Parish Church.

Scheduled Ancient Monument, No 2996.



Arthur B Dalgetty, THE CHURCH AND PARISH OF LIFF (1940), pp36-7; Andrew Jervise, EPITAPHS AND INSCRIPTIONS (1875), vol I, pp193-6; David MacGibbon and Thomas Ross, THE ECCLESIASTICAL ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTLAND (1897), vol III, pp454-5; Charles McKean and David Walker, DUNDEE, AN ILLUSTRATED INTRODUCTION (1985), p130; Lawrence Melville, THE FAIR LAND OF GOWRIE (1939), pp177-8; Alexander J Warden, ANGUS OR FORFARSHIRE (1884), vol IV, p172; OSA (1794), vol XIII, p117.

About Listed Buildings

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