Kiltearn Parish Church

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Alternative Names Kiltearn Old Parish Church
Site Type CHURCH, CHURCHYARD
Canmore ID 13651
Site Number NH66NW 1
NGR NH 61658 65226
Council HIGHLAND
Parish KILTEARN
Former Region HIGHLAND
Former District ROSS AND CROMARTY
Former County ROSS AND CROMARTY
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NH66NW 1.00 61658 65226

(NH 6165 6522) Church (NAT)
OS 6" map, Ross-shire, 2nd ed., (1907).

NH66NW 1.01 Centred NH 61660 65207 Burial Ground

See also NH66NW 15.

NMRS REFERENCE:
Pulpit installed in Lochgoilhead Kirk, Argyll in 1955.
The interior of this ruinous Category B Listed church has been stripped.
(Undated) information from Demolitions catalogue held in RCAHMS library.

Kiltearn church was built in 1791, but its particularly inconvenient situation suggests that the site is that of an early church (NSA 1845), possibly Culdee (Bain 1899).
Said to be dedicated to St Tighernac (Macrae 1923). (But see NH66NW 15).
New Statistical Account (NSA) 1845; R Bain 1899; N Macrae 1923.

Kiltearn Parish Church has been disused for about twenty years. It is still roofed, but the slates are soon to be removed for safety (Information from Mr Macrae, Sexton, Kiltearn parish church).
On the outside of the east wall of the church, part of a former arch can be seen, probably belonging to an earlier church. There are several 17th and 18th century gravestones in the graveyard. The sexton recalled that the former minister, now in Brechin, had said the church was on the site of a monastery.
No confirmation could be obtained for the dedication mentioned by Macrae.
Visited by OS (R D L) 5 May 1963.

Parish church - No roof.
CFA/MORA Coastal Assessment Survey 1998.

A re-used fragment of a medieval cross slab was identified on the exterior of the S wall of the nave at first floor level and towards the E end of the building.
Information from Mr D Alston, 24 April 2004.
NMRS, MS/2008.

 
Books and References

Bain, R (1899) History of the ancient province of Ross, Dingwall
Page(s): 57

Hay, G (1957a) The architecture of Scottish post-Reformation churches, 1560-1843, Oxford
Page(s): 89, 194, 272 plan Held at RCAHMS F.5.31.HAY

MacRae, N (1923) The romance of a royal burgh: Dingwall's story of a thousand years, Dingwall
Page(s): 289 Held at RCAHMS D.6.43.DIN

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