Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
ND 21987 71183
321987, 971183


Simple T-plan church, possibly with pre-Reformation core

and 1837 north aisle, and with 2-storey tower at west

gable, probably of 17th/early 18th century date. All harled.

Entrance in base of tower, which has small ground floor

window in centre of west elevation and various diminutive

vents in 1st floor. Saddleback roof running east/west.

4 long narrow windows in south elevation of main body of

church, and smaller, later window (to light Minister's

room) at left. Similar narrow windows in north aisle.

Multi-pane glazing; slate roofs.

17th century mural monument at west end of south elevation,

between Minister's window and entrance.

Interior; plain interior; pulpit with upholstered buttoned

back-board in centre of south wall; plain 1837 box pews

fill slightly raked aisles. Wheelstair in tower; memorial in

entrance to Rev. Timothy Pont, Minister of Dunnet, 1601-10.

Burial ground; roughly coped rubble walled burial ground,

filled with tombs dating from 17th to 20th centuries.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such.

Rev. Timothy Pont was an early Scottish cartographer.

Communion table commemorates George Calder, pilot, RAFVR,

killed in action 1942.

Font given in memory of Jimmie Swanson, who gave his life

in the Longhope (Orkney) lifeboat disaster, 1969.



THE STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1791) xviii (Ed. I. Grant and D.

Witherington, 1979) pp. 49-50. NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT, xv,

(1840) p.46. National Monuments Record of Scotland

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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