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DAIRSIE OLD CHURCH (ST MARY'S) FORMER SESSION HOUSE, CEMETERY WALLS AND GATEPIERSLB2610

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
01/03/1984
Supplementary Information Updated
06/06/2017
Local Authority
Fife
Planning Authority
Fife
Parish
Dairsie
NGR
NO 4140 1609
Coordinates
341400, 716090

Description

Dated 1621. Rectangular-plan, ashlar, 4-bay church, with Gothic detail. 2-stage octagonal tower corbelled over south west corner has rectangular openings to each face of upper stage: crudely balustraded above, and faceted spire with diminutive lucarnes. Segmental-headed moulded arch with Renaissance doorpiece in west wall; datestone, and crest of Spottiswood family above, with initials of Archbishop John. North and south bays divided by buttresses with 3-light windows and bold plate tracery under pointed arch (1 with cill raised over blocked door). Pair of similar windows to east wall. Continuous moulded cill course. Grotesque mask spouts below string at eaves, originally to drain flat roof, but roof altered and raised late in 18th century, Robert Balfour, Architect; now piended and slated.

INTERIOR: original interior destroyed shortly after construction: 19th century interior also gutted: gallery with panelled front remains, supported on 2 cast-iron columns: simple dado panelling: panelled oak door to bell-tower probably original. One pedimented and urn-finialed marble monument of note dated 1786, and 1648 tombslab. One window by

Ballantine & Gardiner of Edinburgh, 1905. Single storey 2-bay gabled tool-shed to east has door and blind window, both with pointed heads, to south elevation. Graveyard enclosed by rubble-built walls with corniced square ashlar gatepiers and decorative wrought-iron gates.

Statement of Special Interest

No longer in ecclesiastical use. Major refit 1835-7, John Kennedy, builder, and John MacCulloch, wright: some window heads and mullions replaced; windows on north wall re-opened; door on south wall blocked, and interior renewed. Sketch for pulpit and seats, 1904, among Gillespie & Scott archtiects drawings (index in SNMR.) Tool-shed was originally the session house.

References

Bibliography

RCAHMS VENTORY OF FIFE, 1933, p 91 (No 176). MacGibbon & Ross CASTELLATED AND DOMESTIC ARCHTIECTURE, 1892 vol V, pp 153-156.

A H Millar FIFE..... 1895. vol I, p 159 ff. Leighton, HISTORY OF THE COUNTY OF FIFE, 1840, vol II, p 263. Hay, ARCHITECTURE OF POST REFORMATION CHURCHES, 1957. pp 39, 43, 171, 214. SRO HR 175/1, 175/6. RHP 7370-3.

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