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Churchyard, Alness Parish Church, Alness

A Category B Listed Building in Alness, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.6909 / 57°41'27"N

Longitude: -4.2749 / 4°16'29"W

OS Eastings: 264486

OS Northings: 869060

OS Grid: NH644690

Mapcode National: GBR H8TD.GKL

Mapcode Global: WH3D5.9YLG

Plus Code: 9C9QMPRG+92

Entry Name: Churchyard, Alness Parish Church, Alness

Listing Name: Alness Old Parish Church and Burial Ground

Listing Date: 25 March 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 330609

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB365

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Alness

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Cromarty Firth

Parish: Alness

Traditional County: Ross-shire

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Description

Church, now roofless, dated 1625 (bellcote), 1672 (lintel)
and 1775 (skew). 1672 T-plan church incorporating earlier
work, renovated 1775-80. Harled with ashlar margins.
Symmetrical south elevation with paired ground and gallery
windows in outer bays and pair long central windows in centre
bay. Bellcote with stumpy finials at west apex, ball finial
at east and thistle finial at north; moulded and initialled
jambs to north door (which probably gave access to former
Novar aisle). Additional later extension to north gable with
wide blocked doors (possibly stabling/carriage house for
Novar aisle). External gallery stair to east gable; also
burial enclosure with Munro eagle (Novar) dated 1671.
Semi-circular mural recess in NE internal wall, probably for
recumbant figure.
Burial ground; coped, rubble walled burial ground with
interesting 17th, 18th and 19th century tombs.

Statement of Interest

Lintel in north inscribed; "Mortis meditatio vita est 16 WML

IMT 72" (To think on Death is Life).

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