Scheduled Monument

St Michael's Church,KirktonSM5419

Status: Removed


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The legal document available for download below constitutes the formal designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The additional details provided on this page are provided for information purposes only and do not form part of the designation. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within this additional information.


Date Added
Date Removed:
Local Authority
NH 70587 65856
270587, 865856

Removal Reason

Removed as part of the Dual Designation 2A project. Its significance will continue to be recognised through its designation as a listed building.


The monument consists of the remains of the former parish church of Kirkmichael. It was superseded in 1662 when the parish of Resolis was created.

The rectangular, rubble-coursed structure is situated in a walled burial ground close to the Cromarty Firth. The central portion of the building was rebuilt and re-roofed in the 19th century and used as a mausoleum for the Munros of Poyntzfield. The church measures 16.9m E-W by 7.2m N-S overall with walls approximately 0.7m thick. The roofed portion measures 7.1m square and contains a round-headed entrance in the W gable; the chancel measures 5.8m by 5.4m and incorporates a double-light late gothic window in the gable, twin lancets in the S wall and a square-headed entrance; extending 4m W from the NW angle of the mausoleum is a portion of poorly bonded, rubble masonry, 1m high and 1m wide. The interior side contains the remains of a moulded arch, this fragment is probably part of the original N wall of the church and may have been part of an arch-tomb of 16th-century date. A low section of rubble wall aligned with the w wall of the mausoleum may mark the W end of an earlier building. It is 7.2m N-S, 13.5 from the SW angle of the mausoleum and is 1.2m thick at its widest point.

The area to be scheduled is rectangular, measuring a maximum of 34.4m E-W by 11.2m N-S, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance because, although it has been much altered by later work, it retains features consistent with a church of late Medieval origin and as such is of architectural value as an ecclesiastical building. In addition it provides evidence and has the potential to provide further evidence, through excavation, for parish organisation, settlement evolution, burial practices and material culture during the period of its construction and use.



RCAHMS records the monument as NH76NW 1.

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