Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NH 45626 55777
245626, 855777


18th century plain rectangular church the walls of which

incorporate some late 15th century work; re-roofed 1775;

raised and altered, 1832; further alterations, re-cast and

repaired, 1908. Harled rubble, tooled ashlar margins.

2 symmetrical long windows rise to wallhead in centre of

south wall flanking projecting gabled Minister's room. Door

in right (east) outer bay; similar opening in west outer bay

blocked (1908) and small window inset; gallery windows (1832)

in each gable; multi-pane glazing, stained glass in west

gable window. Bellcote at west gable apex with pyramidal cap

and remains of weathervane.

Interior; simple interior; gallery stairs altered (1908)

revealing small medieval mural sacrament house in east corner

of north wall; pointed arched with wide moulded surround,

checked for door. In near centre of north wall segmental headed

recess for mural tomb (now masked by panelling).

Burial ground; coped rubble walled burial ground with 18th

and 19th century tombs.

Statement of Special Interest

Building in ecclesiastical use as such. Church dedicated to

St. Maelrubba and probably founded by him in late 7th or

early 8th century. A former church burnt down circa 1482-8.

Remodelled and roof raised 8' in 1832; east and west

galleries inserted, doors and windows slapped and Minister's

porch added. Sacrament house covered by new gallery stairs,

but revealed again in 1908 when gallery stair altered and

church recast. Sacrament House measures approximately 3' x

2'6" overall, 1'4" deep. Church, Manse and offices situated

on an island site surrounded by 2 arms of the River Black




A.C. Maclean, "NOTES ON CONTIN CHURCH", Proceedings of the

Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, xlix (1914-15) pp. 71-80.


CHURCHES (1957) p.272. Further information by courtesy The

Buildings of Scotland Research Unit.

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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