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Contin Parish Church (Church of Scotland) and Burial Ground

A Category B Listed Building in Contin, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.5656 / 57°33'56"N

Longitude: -4.5824 / 4°34'56"W

OS Eastings: 245626

OS Northings: 855777

OS Grid: NH456557

Mapcode National: GBR H81Q.RQ7

Mapcode Global: WH3DS.L33F

Entry Name: Contin Parish Church (Church of Scotland) and Burial Ground

Listing Date: 25 March 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 332526

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB1790

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Contin

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh

Traditional County: Ross-shire

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Description

18th century plain rectangular church the walls of which
incorporate some late 15th century work; re-roofed 1775;
raised and altered, 1832; further alterations, re-cast and
repaired, 1908. Harled rubble, tooled ashlar margins.
2 symmetrical long windows rise to wallhead in centre of
south wall flanking projecting gabled Minister's room. Door
in right (east) outer bay; similar opening in west outer bay
blocked (1908) and small window inset; gallery windows (1832)
in each gable; multi-pane glazing, stained glass in west
gable window. Bellcote at west gable apex with pyramidal cap
and remains of weathervane.
Interior; simple interior; gallery stairs altered (1908)
revealing small medieval mural sacrament house in east corner
of north wall; pointed arched with wide moulded surround,
checked for door. In near centre of north wall segmental headed
recess for mural tomb (now masked by panelling).
Burial ground; coped rubble walled burial ground with 18th
and 19th century tombs.

Statement of Interest

Building in ecclesiastical use as such. Church dedicated to

St. Maelrubba and probably founded by him in late 7th or

early 8th century. A former church burnt down circa 1482-8.

Remodelled and roof raised 8' in 1832; east and west

galleries inserted, doors and windows slapped and Minister's

porch added. Sacrament house covered by new gallery stairs,

but revealed again in 1908 when gallery stair altered and

church recast. Sacrament House measures approximately 3' x

2'6" overall, 1'4" deep. Church, Manse and offices situated

on an island site surrounded by 2 arms of the River Black

Water.

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