Listed Building

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Status: Removed


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Date Added
Date Removed:
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NC 96905 64831
296905, 964831

Removal Reason

Dual designation


Rubble walled burial ground enclosing various closely packed

18th, 19th and 20th century tombs. Gabled rubble north aisle

of former church, with later south gable frontage, centre door

in south gable with roll moulding to architraves and 3 small

windows above; Caithness slate roof; apex ball finial. Aisle

contains various mural monuments including 17th century

tablet to Mackay of Bighouse and 18th century memorial to Lt.

Col. George Mackay of Bighouse.

Simple spearhead detailed cast-iron gate. Finely cut and set

Caithness slab mural steps giving access to burial ground.

Statement of Special Interest

Cross-slab in burial ground is Scheduled Ancient Monument No 615. Site of

former Parish Church abandoned in 1739.

Bighouse, now in Farr Parish, Sutherland District formerly in

Reay Parish. Lt Col George Mackay of Bighouse died 1798.



IMPERIAL GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND, ii, (circa 1858) p.646

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.

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