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Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 20/07/1972


  • Local Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
  • Planning Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish: Portpatrick

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NW 99976 54212
  • Coordinates: 199976, 554212



1628-9. Roofless cruciform-plan church with earlier round tower to W. Date 1629 incised on a chancel skewputt. Rubble with red sandstone dressings. 63 feet 6 inches in length measuring from E to W, excluding projection of W tower; 24 feet 10 inches in width. Rectangular window openings (mullions removed in 1791). Entrances to W wall of N transept, S transept gable and nave?s S side (blocked). Remains of screen wall which separated W end of church (probably a later addition).

W Tower: 4-stage circular plan tower with string course dividing 2nd and 3rd stages. 16 feet 8 inches in diameter with 3 feet 6 inches thick walls. Slated round cupola added by Robert Montgomery, mason and Alexander Robinson, Wright, in 1791. Entrances to W at 1st stage and to E at 2nd stage (infilled). Small openings to each stage.

Statement of Special Interest

SCHEDULED MONUMENT. Ecclesiastical building, no longer in use as such (monument). See separate list descriptions for graveyard, manse, and bell (now in Portpatrick Parish Church). The former use of the W tower is unclear, as its openings are inconsistent with use either as a dovecot or towerhouse. The RCHAMS suggests usage in connection with an earlier church. More probably, as suggested by MacGibbon and Ross, the tower is a former lighthouse for an exceptionally dangerous coast. The authors comment that a similar round tower at the church of Cockburnspath occupies a corresponding site, looking out to sea.



F H Groome ORDNANCE GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND VOL V (1882), p219; D MacGibbon and T Ross THE CASTELLATED AND DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTLAND VOL V (1887-92), pp191-193; Photograph (Stranraer Library/GWa4/28 undated); RCAHMS INVENTORY FOR COUNTY OF WIGTOWN (1912), pp136-8; J Gifford DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY (1996), p491; J D Mackenzie and R R Cunningham OLD PORTPATRICK (1997), p10.

About Designations

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 statutory listing address is the legal part of the listing. 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.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned 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. For information about curtilage see 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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