Listed Building

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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.

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