Late 16th century tower; church 1769-72; internal
alterations, A & W Reid, 1877; additions and internal
alterations, W L Carruthers, 1899. Rubble. Tower, square-plan,
unbuttressed with small openings, projection for stair at
SE, stone-vaulted interior; top of tower probably
late 17th century with corbelled balustraded parapet, small
octagonal spire, apsidal-ended vestry added at SE
of tower, 1899. Church of 7 bays; SE flank has late
19th century porches at end bays and semi-octagonal apse of
1891 at centre bay; tall round-arched windows; at
north-west flank square-headed windows; small dormers added,
INTERIOR: extensively remodelled 1877 and 1899;
demi-octagonal gallery, pews of modified box type introduced,
1877; open timber roof, its principals springing from stone
corbels, 1899. Stained glass of various dates, by Ballantine
& Gardiner, Douglas Strachan and Gordon Webster.
Statement of Special Interest
Ecclesiastical building in use as such. The steeple was
repaired in 1649 (RECORDS OF INVERNESS, ed. William Mackay
and Herbert Cameron Bond, ii (1894) 201). The church was
rebuilt in 1769 to a plan procured from George Fraser,
Depute-Auditor of the Excise at Edinburgh. The plan was an
enlarged version of that of the Buccleuch Church, Edinburgh,
built in 1755-6 (Charles Fraser Mackintosh, ANTIQUARIAN NOTES
George Hay, ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTTISH POST-REFORMATION
CHURCHES 25; NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT, xiv, 28; Alexander
Mackenzie, GUIDE TO INVERNESS (1903), 45; INVERNESS COURIER,
May 24, 1877, March 27, 1891 and Sept 29, 1899; and
information courtesy of Buildings of Scotland Research Unit.
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