Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NO 40350 37943
340350, 737943


1806, porches and vestry added, windows (except large windows at S) replaced and reduced in size, and internal alterations by Alexander Johnston, 1895. Plain rectangular-plan aisleless hall-church. Rubble built, ashlar dressings, harled at E gable, grey slate roof. Square-headed margined windows, timber top-hopper frames with small rectangular leaded panes. Coped skews with skew blocks.

N ELEVATION: 3-bay. Single storey vestry projecting at centre with bipartite window and half-piended roof, carved panel depicting paired angels above at gallery level, steps to basement heating chamber at left with cast-iron railings, lean-to entrance porch at right re-entrant angle; windows at ground and gallery level at main wall plane of outer bays; central wallhead stack.

S ELEVATION: 4-bay. Large polished granite memorial slab at centre to Scrymsoure Fothringham family above earlier sculpted sandstone memorial, flanked by 2 elongated windows with lying panes, ashlar enclosure with cast-iron railings, windows at ground and gallery level at outer bays.

E GABLE: entrance porch at centre with half-piended roof, window, door at left return; window at gallery level, boarded oculus above.

W GABLE: similar to E gable but with pyramidal capped birdcage bellcote at apex with bell; window lintel inscribed with now indecipherable date '1806'.

INTERIOR: original(?) pulpit on S wall. panelled semi-octagonal gallery wiht timber Doric columns; timber floor and dado added, pews and pulpit stairs replaced in 1895 by Alexander Johnston, (floor partially taken up and pews laid aside in 1980s). Pale yellow/gree stained glass. Notable collection of sculpted and inscribed stones including tombstone of Ingram of Kethenys, priest at Tealing and archdeacon of Dunkeld, died 1380 (N wall, removed from under floor in 1895); part of circa early 16th century sacrament house depicting Christ and 2 angels (W wall removed from W gable in 1895); memorial to John Ramsay (N wall), priest at Tealing and archdeacon of Dunkeldm died 1618, consisting of kneeling figure with open book on lectern within paired fluted pilasters and heraldic pediment; further stone (tombstone?) commemorating John Ramsay and his wife Elizabeth Kinloch (E porch, removed from floor of church 1895); late Georgian marble memorials on S wall to William Forsyth, died 1814 and Patrick Scrymsoure, died 1815.

CHURCHYARD: rubble boundary wall at N, S, E and W with plain gatepiers at N. Variety of high quality sculpted 17th, 18th and 19th century tombstones.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesistical building not in use and presently deteriorating. Conveyed by Church of Scotland General Trustees to the Tealing Kirk Heritage Centre in 1986. The first church at Tealing was probably established by St Boniface in the late 7th century although the exact site is not known. The Rev John Glas, founder of the Glasite Sect (see Glasite Chapel, 4 King Street, Dundee) was minister of Tealing 1719-28 and promulgated his secterian teaching here. The present building, although severely plain is of great interest on account of the various sculpted stones incorporated within the fabric, the prime factor for its Category A listing. The tombstone of Ingram of Kethenys is particularl rare, it being (according to Jervise) on of the oldest inscriptions in the Scottish vernacular. The memorial to John Ramsay is also a notable Renaissance style monument. The memorial slab to the Scrymsoure Fothringhams was made by Alexander Macdonald, Field and Co, for the architects Charles Edward and Thomas Saunders Robertson, 1867. There are various hinges and hooks affixed to the external walls adjacent to the windows suggesting that there were once shutters. Central heating was first installed by Alexander Johnston in 1895.



OSA (1792), vol IV.

NSA (1845), vol XI.

Andrew Jervise, EPITAPHS AND INSCRIPTIONS (1879), vol II.

Alexander J Warden, ANGUS OR FORFARSHIRE (1885), vol V.

Rev S Macauley, 'Sacrament House, Tealing' in TRANSACTIONS OF THE SCOTTISH ECCLESIOLOGICAL SOCIETY (1909-12), vol III, p95.

Murthly Castle Muniments, SRO GD121/291.

Heritors' Minutes, SRO HR 553.

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.

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