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Faslane Cemetery with Caretaker's Lodge and Sundial, Faslane (excluding Scheduled Monument No7771 'Faslane, St Michael's Chapel')LB14437

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Last Date Amended
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
Planning Authority
Argyll And Bute
NS 24920 89915
224920, 689915


CEMETERY: a number of good early-20th century burial monuments including Art Nouveau monument against east wall: red sandstone cross at centre on plinth with 2 curvilinear kneeling angels in profile; inscription now faded. Kilpatrick monument to north: dated 1938; geometric, angular monument on plinth, cross at centre with inscriptions.

CARETAKER S LODGE: Early 20th century. Single storey and attic, 4-bay, rectangular-plan caretaker s house to west of cemetery. Grey harl with ashlar dressings and details. Projecting eaves, exposed rafters. Gable advanced to outer left; 3 narrow windows at ground, single lintel; small window at gablehead. Door to right, cat-slide roof forming porch canopy on stone corbels and timber brackets, boarded door. 6-pane over plate glass sash and case window; small paned casement and dormer windows. Variegate green and grey tiles; red clay ridge tiles. Harled and coped apex stacks, round terracotta cans.

SUNDIAL: earlier 20th century (post 1919), monument to the Davidson family. Erected by David Davidson iron- founder (1850-1919) to the memory of his wife Alice (1862-1901) and their daughter Eugenie. Ashalr sundial on octagonal base; barley-sugar column of twisted serpents, capital with figurative carvings of four winds, supports square sundial block diagonally aligned with cherub heads under each corner, copper gnomon; carving above capped by ball finial.

Statement of Special Interest

The burial ground at Faslane has many interesting grave monuments including a well-detailed example of a 20th century sundial burial memorial. The dead of the submarine K13, which sunk in Faslane Bay on January 29th 1917, are buried to the west of the graveyard.

St Michael s was probably associated with the castle of Faslane which was occupied by the Earls of Lennox. Irving states that near the chapel "...a burying-ground attached, and, a little beyond it, a mound, where the priest s house is reported to have stood". The surrounding ground is now a 20th century graveyard with no evidence of early graves. The caretaker s lodge is not shown on the 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey map.

The remains of St Michael s Chapel, probably 13th century, are Scheduled Monument Number 2246 and are excluded from the listing.

Statutory address and listed building record updated in 2015. Formerly known as "Faslane, St Michael s Chapel Including Graveyard with Caretaker s Lodge and Variety of 20th Century Grave Monuments and Sundial."



MacGibbon, D and Ross, T. Ecclesiastical Architecture. Vol II pp557-559, figs 949,950, 952, 951.

Irving, J. History of Dumbartonshire. p414.

Ordnance Survey (surveyed 1864, published 1865) 25 miles to 1 Inch Scale, London: Ordnance Survey.

Ordnance Survey (surveyed 1896, published 1897) 25 miles to 1 Inch Scale, London: Ordnance Survey.

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