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TONGUE PARISH CHURCH (C OF S ), BURIAL GROUND AND GATEPIERSLB18456

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
18/03/1971
Local Authority
Highland
Planning Authority
Highland
Parish
Tongue
NGR
NC 59086 57041
Coordinates
259086, 957041

Description

Dated 1680; earlier core probably incorporating medieval chapel. Further additions and re-building in 1729/31, 1778 and 1862. Simple white harled cruciform church, with ashlar dressings. Earliest portion and original core runs east-west, with centre pointed-headed entrance in south elevation. Flat headed entrance with window above in centre of west gable approached by flight of steps leading to Laird's loft. Long wings at N and S, that to south with simple moulded doorpiece dated 1680 (to Minister's room). Single small pointed headed window in south gable and in north and south elevations of main body of church. 2 long

rectangular windows light east gable. Plain flat-headed doorway gives access to north wing, now serving as parish room. Lattice glazing. 19th century bellcote at west gable apex; cavetto skewputts; crowsteps; West Highland slate roof; stone ridge.

Interior; simple interior orientated to east; small gallery to west, (former Laird's Loft), with 18th century panelled front.

Burial ground and gate piers; rubble walls with dressed with simple stepped caps and pair cast-iron gates.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such. Church said to have been re-built in 1680 by Donald MacKay, Master of Reay on site of St Peter's Chapel (Teampull Pheader). Laird's Loft canopy, of Mackay Lords of Reay, in National Museum of Antiquities since 1951. Reay burial vault below gallery.

References

Bibliography

IMPERIAL GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND, II (circa 1858) p.797;

Groome's GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND, VI, (1885) p. 444;

George Hay, THE ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTTISH POST REFORMATION CHURCHES (1957) pp. 75, 189, 192.

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