Scheduled Monument

Kilchoan, Old Parish Church and graveyard 250m NE of The ManseSM7824

Status: Designated

Documents

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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.

Summary

Date Added
03/11/1999
Supplementary Information Updated
07/05/2021
Type
Ecclesiastical: church
Local Authority
Highland
Planning Authority
Highland
Parish
Ardnamurchan
NGR
NM 48498 64045
Coordinates
148498, 764045

Description

The monument is the disused former parish church and graveyard located on sloping ground to the N of Kilchoan.

This old church is now a roofless shell. It is mainly of the eighteenth century but incorporates part of an earlier church dating to the twelfth or thirteenth century. It measures, internally, 14.4m E-W by 5.2m N-S. Traces of medieval masonry survive in the W and E gable walls and possibly elsewhere in the building. The dedication of the church was to St. Comgan. There are two fourteenth/fifteenth century grave slabs in the churchyard, which is still in use for burial.

The area to be scheduled is irregular in plan and measures a maximum of 50m E-W by 55m N-S, to include the church, graveyard and graveyard wall, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract. All lairs with current burial rights are excluded from the scheduling.

Statement of National Importance

The church is of national importance because of its potential to contribute an understanding of medieval and post-medieval ecclesiastical architecture and religious practice.

References

Bibliography

RCAHMS records the monument as NM 46 SE 3.

References:

Mackinlay, J. M. (1914) Ancient church dedications in Scotland: non-scriptural dedications, Edinburgh, 163.

NSA (1845) The new statistical account of Scotland by the ministers of the respective parishes under the superintendence of a committee of the society for the benefit of the sons and daughters of the clergy, 15v, Edinburgh, Vol. 7, Argyll, 117.

OPS (1854) Origines Parochiales Scotiae: the antiquities ecclesiastical and territorial of the parishes of Scotland, Vol. 2, 1, Edinburgh, 194.

RCAHMS (1980) The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Argyll: an inventory of the monuments volume 3: Mull, Tiree, Coll and Northern Argyll (excluding the early medieval and later monuments of Iona), Edinburgh, 143-4, 293, 294.

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