Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site

GOLSPIE MAIN STREET ST ANDREW'S PARISH CHURCH (CHURCH OF SCOTLAND AND BURIAL GROUND)LB7036

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
18/03/1971
Local Authority
Highland
Planning Authority
Highland
Parish
Golspie
NGR
NC 83775 225
Coordinates
283775, 900225

Description

1736-7 on site of earlier chapel of St Andrews; cruciform

church; harled, ashlar margins. Main body of church runs

east west with contemporary Sutherland north aisle, and

later south aisle dated 1754. Entrance in SE re-entrant

angle, masked by small square porch; small ground and

gallery windows in south elevation; south gable has

paired long and centre small windows; long windows light

gallery in east and west gables. Entrance to north aisle

in east elevation served by forestair; 2 ground and 3

small 1st floor windows in west elevation. Apex stack

with moulded cornice and string course.

Multi-pane glazing; ball-finialled birdcage bellcote at

west gable apex; flat skews; steeply pitched slate roof;

stone ridge.

Interior; Sutherland laird's loft, with rear retiring

room, fills entire north aisle; panelled interior and

front; enriched entablature dated 1739 supported on

Corinthian columns, panelled ducal pew, and coved ceiling,

work by Kenneth Sutherland, joiner at Dunrobin.

Imposing panelled pulpit also by Sutherland dated 1738 at

angle of south and west aisles; (moved to this position

1752); Ionic pilastered backboard with keyblocked blind

inner arch; hexagonal sounding board with ornate moulded

cornice.

Galleries in east and west aisles, with panelled fronts

probably stepped in present form c 1849.

Simple white plaster walls with some mural tablets; plain

grey painted panelled pews; closely resembling the

originals designed by George Hay 1954; stone flagged

floors. Bell inscribed as first founded 1696 and

re-founded 1728 by Robert Maxwell of Edinburgh.

Coped coursed rubble wall encloses burial ground

containing memorial to the Gordons of Carroll erected in

1883; various late 17th, 18th and 19th century tomb

stones of interest.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such. 1736 visit by

representatives of the Presbytery found the Church in a

dangerous condition. It was decided to enlarge the Church

and add the N aisle. An estimated cost was $169.1s3d

including the pulpit.

Earl William supervised work. Fixed seating provided.

Serious structural faults led to south aisle being

constructed as buttress; the stone on exterior is dated

1754 but work was completed by 1752.

Some tombstones resited in Burial Ground after re-building

of rubble wall due to realignment of A9 road, 1982-3.

References

Bibliography

NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT, xv (1834) p41. George Hay, THE

ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTTISH POST REFORMATION CHURCHES (1957)

pp 75, 89, 169, 187, 216.

M W Grant, ST ANDREW'S GOLSPIE 1976.

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.

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