Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NH 83740 77288
283740, 877288


Early 14th century core to simple rectangular building,

restored and re-modelled by James Rich, Surveyor at Cromarty

in 1771; further alterations, 1841. Also alterations and

repairs, Alexander Maitland, 1857 and 1871, and by W C

Joass, 1899. Further restoration by Ian Lindsay and Partners,

1972. Mainly coursed dressed rubble with ashlar dressings.

4 symmetrical lancets in each gable, with blocked 1771

Venetian window above; angle buttresses. 3 lancets in west

gable, also with blocked 1771 Venetian windows above and with

(probably 1771) bellcote at gable apex. South wall largely

rebuilt, with 2 large Gothic windows with intersecting

tracery; entrance in SW corner. 2 ruinous chapels project

from south wall, St Michael's aisle with ogee mural tomb with

recumbant figure to Abbot Finlay (died 1385) with aumbry in

east wall, and SE aisle, probably of 16th century date with

some restoration. Ross burial aisle projects to north; late

16th/early 17th century; ashlar, roofless, but 2 of 6 pointed

arches that supported roof survive; north window with

Y-tracery; 17th century mural monument with Ross arms.

Interior; simple interior with raised floor, plain 19th

century seating, renewed (1972) ceiling. Piscina and sedilia

linked under continuous pointed hoodmould in SE corner.

Plain font of circa 1920-30.

Sunken memorial chapel at east end to Ross's of Balnagown,

with various mural memorials including monument to Admiral

Sir John Lockhart Ross (1790) designed by John Baxter II with

Ross arms and square rigged ship.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such. Founded in 1221 by

Farquhard, Earl of Ross, at Edderton, (by Fearn Burn). Moved

to (New) Fearn 1238. Daughter house of Premonstratensian

Order at Whithorn. Became Parish Church after Reformation.

Roof fell in during divine service in 1742, killing about 50

people. Rebuilt in 1771, largely at instigation of Admiral

Sir John Lockhart Ross.




SCOTLAND, ii, (1896) pp.542-7. INVERNESS COURIER May 19,

1841. INVERNESS ADVERTISER, June 27, 1899. Advertisements for

tenders. Further information by courtesy of The Buildings of

Scotland Research Unit.

About Listed Buildings

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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.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

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