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Boleskine And Abertarff
NH 38148 9154
238148, 809154


Church orientated E-W and sited to S of monastery and school

to which it is linked by short East Cloister (P. P. Pugin

1880) and Chapter House (probably also P. P. Pugin, 1896).

Church principally designed by Reginald Fairlie in 2 stages,

1914-17 and 1949-58. 1st stage includes monks' choir with N and

S aisles, Blessed Sacrament chapel at SE incorporating the P. P.

Pugin St Andrew's Chapel of 1893. 2nd stage; N and S aisles.

Narthex and W porch with baptistry designed by Charles Gray,

1966. Interior of church completed 1980 by W. W. Allan.

Tall rectangular building with gabled centre flanked by flat

roofed aisles; all pinned varied coloured squared granite

with tooled granite dressings. 6 long, narrow round-headed

windows light N elevation; similar single window in centre

of W gable, which is fronted by gabled narthex and porch,

with semi-circular glazed baptistry projecting at N.

Interior; Romanesque detailing. Monks' choir with 3-bay

arcades of high round pillars supporting round-headed arches,

clerestory and timber hammer-beam angle roof. Choir divided

from aisles by simple parclose screen. Plain semi-circular

apse pierced by orange glazed cross and upper lights. High

Altar raised on podium between monks' choir and nave.

Nave divided from N and S aisles by octagonal pillars of

Covesea stone rising to round-headed arches; plain white

walls. Blessed Sacrament chapel at SE (1917) with altar under

rich embossed deerskin baldachino supported on painted

facetted columns (R. Fairlie). Moulded joists to timber


Podium and flooring throughout most of church laid with

varied green Coniston slate.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such.

Up-graded category B to A 7 May 1999.



Patrick Nuttgens, REGINALD FAIRLIE (1959), p. 48, pl. 53-60.

FORT AUGUSTUS ABBEY (guide book, ND) National Monuments

Record of Scotland (R. Fairlie Collection).

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