Scheduled Monument

St Clement's Church, RodelSM90249

Status: Removed


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Date Added
Last Date Amended
Date Removed:
Local Authority
Na h-Eileanan Siar
NG 4775 83193
104775, 883193

Removal Reason

Dual Designation project - Listing is most appropriate designation for the church and churchyard.


The monument comprises a medieval church and the burial ground enclosing it. The church is in the care of the Secretary of State for Scotland and is being re-scheduled to extend and clarify the extent of the protected area.

The monument lies at around 20m OD. St Clement's Church was built in the early part of the 16th century by Alexander Macleod of Harris and Dunvegan, whose superbly carved tomb, dated 1528 with tomb chest, recumbent effigy and highly decorated arcosolium, occupies a prestigious position on the south side of the choir.

The tomb of his son William, dated 1539, lies on the south side of the nave and another, possibly that of John MacLeod of Minginish (died 1557), lies in the S transept. The church also contains a number of late and post-medieval graveslabs and the head of a free-standing cross.

Although altered at the Reformation and restored on a number of occasions, most notably in 1784 and 1873, the building is essentially of one period. It is cruciform in plan, with a tower at the west end and chapels occupying the two transepts. It measures about 23m E-W by some 19m across the N and S transepts. The church lies within a burial ground, which contains several 18th-century burial enclosures and is defined by a stone wall.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is irregular with maximum dimensions of 85m from its northernmost point to its southernmost point and 77m from its easternmost point to its westernmost point, defined by the outer face of the stone wall enclosing the burial ground, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract. All lairs with existing burial rights are excluded from scheduling.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance as representing the most complete major medieval church in the Western Isles and because of what it contributes to our understanding of late medieval ecclesiastical art and architecture and late and post-medieval society and burial practices. The importance of the site is reflected in its status as a property in care.



RCAHMS records the monument as NG 08 SW 7.


Cross, M. (1994) Bibliography of Monuments in the Care of the Secretary of State for Scotland, 486-8, Glasgow.

Pringle, D. (1994) (ed.) The Ancient Monuments of the Western Isles. Edinburgh.

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