Scheduled Monument

Dalton, old parish churchSM8676

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Ecclesiastical: church
Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NY 11426 73979
311426, 573979


The monument consists of the remains of Dalton old parish church, alternatively known as Mickle Dalton, Dalton Magna and Meikle Dalton, which is situated on rising ground 40m to the SE of the present parish church of Dalton, which was built in 1895. The parish and church of Meikle Dalton are first documented in 1552 when the patronage of the church passed from Gilbert Grierson of Dalton to Lindsay of Barcloy.

The monument comprises the remains of a post-reformation kirk erected in 1704. It is oblong on plan, measuring 16.6m by 6.4m internally. Its N side and E and W ends are built on the base of the walls of an earlier, probably medieval church. This is shown by a massive plinth or base-course with a plain chamfer, which extends all along the N side of the church, except where it has been cut through for doorways.

The 18th century superstructure of the church is rubble-built and has fine detailing with square-headed windows and doors; their surrounds embellished with V-jointed rustication, which has been similarly applied to the angle quoins. The wall head is surmounted by a simple moulded cornice, fragmentary in places. There are at ground level two doorways in the N wall, which were later converted into windows, one in the E wall and one in the W, both later insertions. In the middle of the S, E and W walls are doorways at a higher level which gave access to galleries. The W gable is surmounted by a birdcage bellcote.

The area to be scheduled includes the church and an area around it, in which associated archaeology can be expected to be found. The area is a rectangle with maximum dimensions of 40m NE-SW and 30m transversely as marked in red on the attached map. All modern burial lairs still in use, within and without the church, are excluded from the scheduling.



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