Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
ND 34349 72853
334349, 972853


Medieval origin; much rebuilt in 17th century; dated 1720

and 1724; extensive renovations and alterations, 1833, and

also in 1891. All harled with ashlar margins and dressings.

Cruciform plan with square 2-storey tower at west gable,

with small windows (louvred in upper storey), saddle back

roof running east west with apex ball finials, and

skewputt dated 1720.

Projecting centre south aisle dated 1724, with round-headed

entrance in west elevation and point-headed Y-traceried

window in south gable. Mural tombstone to Groat family,

erected 1568, under south gable window. Short, low north

aisle with crowstepped gable with pointed-headed, 2-light

window in north gable.

South elevation lit by 3 long window with multi-pane glazing

breaking wallhead in gablets (1891); small blocked window

in SE outer bay; long pointed-headed east gable window;

slate roofs. Interior; south aisle as entrance porch with

remainder of church set out in T-plan, with seating in all

3 aisles; square later 19th century pulpit with canted

front and cusped panelling, panelled back-board, against

south wall. East and west galleries with panelled fronts;

access to tower from west gallery. North aisle, formerly

housing heritors' gallery (Sinclair of Mey) framed by giant

reeded pilasters supporting dentilled and corniced lintel,

and with worn 17th century mural monument with flanking

paired fluted Corinthian pilasters against north wall.

Various other 18th and 19th century mural monuments; simple

stencilled frieze. Walled burial ground containing

interesting tomb stones, many of fine quality, dating from

17th to 20th century (some early stones re-cut by John

Nicolson of Nybster in later 19th century). Also monument

by John Nicolson to his mother, 1868.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such.

Mural tomb set in south wall discovered in church floor,

and re-cut by John Nicolson of Nybster in later 19th

century. John Nicholson a Caithness sculptor of local

reputation. In 1833 the church was newly floored, roofed

and seated. Mural monument to Groat family relocated

within entrance porch of church.



THE STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1791) (1979 ed. edited by I.R.

Grant and D.J. Witherington xviii. p. 22. NEW STATISTICAL


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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