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- Category: B
- Date Added: 04/11/1971
- Local Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
- Planning Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
- Parish: Balmaghie
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NX 72277 66318
- Coordinates: 272277, 566318
Dated 1794; 1891-4 porch and vestry, internal alterations
by Peddie and Kinnear. 1893 level of tower lowered and
re-roofed, James Barbour architect. T-plan church with
octagonal tower to centre of long side (S). Painted rubble;
polished red sandstone margins to all openings - probably all
of late 19th century date; pointed arch windows, some with
Lean-to porch to SW gives access to church. S elevation 5-bay
with Y-tracery to outer bays, lancet inner bays and central
octagonal tower with pointed arch door with eliptical
datestone above inscribed MDCCXCIV, restored 1894 and 1913.
Band-course over ground stage. Pointed-arch louvred under
over door. Octagonal slate roof with tall weathervane.
INTERIOR: remodelled 20th-century, panel-fronted galleries to
E and W jambs. Central pulpit with carved reredos, 2 stained
glass lancets. Modern timber-lined coved ceiling.
CHURCHYARD: rubble walled churchyard around church. Mainly
late 18th or 19th century gravestones.
Statement of Special Interest
Ecclesiastical building in use as such. Canmore notes that the church was built in 1794 on the site of a previous place of worship and it was restored in 1894 and 1913. The earlier place of worship belonged to the Priory of Iona but by the time of the Reformation was owned by the Abbey of Holyrood. Canmore explains that a fragment of the previous church is now part of the east gate.
Listed building record updated in 2014.
Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland: http://www.rcahms.gov.uk/canmore.html CANMORE ID 64591.
Old Statistical Account (1791-99) Balmaghie, Country of Kirkcudbright. Vol 13. p.650
Dumfries and Galloway Standard (11 January 1893) p.7c.
Reid, H M B (1895) The kirk above Dee Water. Castle Douglas: Adam Rae. pp. 17-18.
Scott, H et al (eds.) (1917) Fasti ecclesiae Scoticanae: the succession of ministers in the Church of Scotland from the Reformation. Vol. 3 Edinburgh : Oliver and Boyd. p.391
The National Archives of Scotland. Drawings of Balmaghie Church RHP 43972, 43973 and 43974.
Dictionary of Scottish Architects, Balmaghie Parish Church at http://www.scottisharchitects.org.uk/building_full.php?id=214883 (accessed 19/09/2014).
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