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Fort Augustus Abbey Church

A Category A Listed Building in Aird and Loch Ness, Highland

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Latitude: 57.1447 / 57°8'40"N

Longitude: -4.6767 / 4°40'35"W

OS Eastings: 238148

OS Northings: 809154

OS Grid: NH381091

Mapcode National: GBR G9TV.4KW

Mapcode Global: WH2FK.4P95

Entry Name: Fort Augustus Abbey Church

Listing Date: 5 October 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 332622

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB1862

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Boleskine and Abertarff

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Aird and Loch Ness

Traditional County: Inverness-shire

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Church orientated E-W and sited to S of monastery and school
to which it is linked by short East Cloister (P. P. Pugin
1880) and Chapter House (probably also P. P. Pugin, 1896).
Church principally designed by Reginald Fairlie in 2 stages,
1914-17 and 1949-58. 1st stage includes monks' choir with N and
S aisles, Blessed Sacrament chapel at SE incorporating the P. P.
Pugin St Andrew's Chapel of 1893. 2nd stage; N and S aisles.
Narthex and W porch with baptistry designed by Charles Gray,
1966. Interior of church completed 1980 by W. W. Allan.
Tall rectangular building with gabled centre flanked by flat
roofed aisles; all pinned varied coloured squared granite
with tooled granite dressings. 6 long, narrow round-headed
windows light N elevation; similar single window in centre
of W gable, which is fronted by gabled narthex and porch,
with semi-circular glazed baptistry projecting at N.
Interior; Romanesque detailing. Monks' choir with 3-bay
arcades of high round pillars supporting round-headed arches,
clerestory and timber hammer-beam angle roof. Choir divided
from aisles by simple parclose screen. Plain semi-circular
apse pierced by orange glazed cross and upper lights. High
Altar raised on podium between monks' choir and nave.
Nave divided from N and S aisles by octagonal pillars of
Covesea stone rising to round-headed arches; plain white
walls. Blessed Sacrament chapel at SE (1917) with altar under
rich embossed deerskin baldachino supported on painted
facetted columns (R. Fairlie). Moulded joists to timber
Podium and flooring throughout most of church laid with
varied green Coniston slate.

Statement of Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such.

Up-graded category B to A 7 May 1999.

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