Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NM 54777 54976
154777, 754976


1838. Rectangular church orientated to NW, with 3 stage square tower fronting SE gable. All harled rubble with polished ashlar dressings. Round-headed entrance in base of tower, with similarly headed window above and blind oculus below blocked wallhead cornice; crenellated wallhead, with small stack, serving tower vestry, masked by crenellation. 3 round-headed windows in each flank and single blocked window in NW crowstepped gable. All openings with long-short rusticated ashlar architraves; ashlar cills to windows.

Rusticated long-short quoins; apex cross at NW; bandcourse to long elevations below crenellated wallheads; slate roof in very poor condition.

Interior gutted.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such. Built by Sir Charles Gordon (of the Banffshire Roman Catholic Gordons) who bought Drimnin in 1835.

Building constructed on high rocky site over-looking the Sound of Mull, on which stood Drimnin Castle, demolished to make way for the church.



IMPERIAL GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND, ii, (circa 1858) p.467.

Philip Gaskell, MORVERN TRANSFORMED (1968, 2nd ed. 1980) pp.35, 167.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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