Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


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

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

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