Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NX 72277 66318
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: 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 (accessed 19/09/2014).

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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