Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 23350 85712
323350, 685712


1592-96, with steeple of timber and lead by John Roche 1600; galleries inserted between 1602 and 1630; W porch by Andrew Alison, 1659; tower rebuilt in stone by Samuel Neilson, 1748; wallhead raised 1.2m and windows enlarged by David Vertue, 1822; organ donated by Andrew Carnegie, 1909; W door and gates by Hurd Rolland Partnership 1992; further alterations in 1679, and by Alexander Hope in 1789. 2-storey, 3-bay square plan Church with piended-roof, 2-stage centre tower and diagonal 4-stage battered buttresses with cushion finials. Harled with ashlar buttresses and tower; dressed quoins, eaves cornice, architraved doorcases, deeply chamfered arrises, voussoirs and stone mullions.

W (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: symmetrical. Advanced single storey pitch-roofed entrance porch with flat coped curtain wall, round-headed timber door and glazed fanlight with astragals of upturned anchor design below dated stone (1532) with upturned anchor; bipartite windows in flanking bays; 3 commemorative stones on wall to right of centre and

1 to left. 1st floor with 3 regular bipartite windows.

S ELEVATION: 3-bay; part-glazed timber door to centre, commemorative stone with hoodmould to right and bipartite window in bay to outer right, bipartite window in bay to left with small single storey lean-to with timber door to outer left; 3 bipartite windows at 1st floor.

E ELEVATION: ashlar balustrade to stone forestair with corniced dies to 1st floor Sailors' loft entrance, timber door with cornice worded "Gods providence is our inheritance June 6 1679" above an upturned anchor; bipartite window to right and left of centre at ground and 1st floor.

N ELEVATION: 3-bay. Ground floor and 1st floor with bipartite window at centre and in flanking bays.

CENTRE TOWER: square base of 4 blank courses, 1st stage with small window at centre in W face below timbered pointed-arch opening to each face, and prominent quoins to each corner; blank coping with banded obelisk pinnacle to each corner. Smaller, octagonal 2nd (belfry) stage with alternate blank faces and timber-louvred circular openings with rusticated surrounds; mutuled cornice giving way to octagonal spire with gilded cockerel weathervane of 1600.

12-pane glazing pattern in timber sash and case windows. Piended, slated roof.

INTERIOR: central 1-bay square area formed by round arches on square piers carrying tower. Slightly ramped diagonal arches cross surrounding aisles or ambulatory to sturdy pinnacled diagonal buttresses at angles of church. Galleries carried on fluted columns with artisan Ionic capitals with segmentally arcaded fronts and dwarf Corinthian pilasters. Box pews dated 1725 and 1742. Canopied Magistrates pew, formerly Castle pew built for Sir Robert Melville in 1606 (2 crests painted on panelling that of Sir Robert and Jean Hamilton, Lady Ross), formed around base of NE pier of tower, diamond-panelled with 4-poster-like shafts at angles. Prime Gilt or Sailors' Guild occupied eastern half of southern gallery with decorative paintwork to gallery fronts by Walter Phin in 1618 and 1622 with further decorative work of 1627, 1632, 1711 and 1733 comprising 4 ships, compass, sailor and mottoes, and naval battle for Prime Gilt, pair of scales for merchants, and wheatsheaf for baxters; later additions in 1930s, 1967, 1980s and more recently for 400th birthday celebrations. Modern timber pulpit (polygonal) with sounding board against pier. Arcaded Communion table with Ionic pilasters.





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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