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Dunnet Parish Church (Church of Scotland) and Burial Ground

A Category A Listed Building in Dunnet, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 58.6215 / 58°37'17"N

Longitude: -3.3449 / 3°20'41"W

OS Eastings: 321987

OS Northings: 971183

OS Grid: ND219711

Mapcode National: GBR L53Y.8HY

Mapcode Global: WH6CK.LKDJ

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

Listing Date: 13 April 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 332658

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB1888

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Dunnet

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Thurso and Northwest Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness

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Description

Simple T-plan church, possibly with pre-Reformation core
and 1837 north aisle, and with 2-storey tower at west
gable, probably of 17th/early 18th century date. All harled.
Entrance in base of tower, which has small ground floor
window in centre of west elevation and various diminutive
vents in 1st floor. Saddleback roof running east/west.
4 long narrow windows in south elevation of main body of
church, and smaller, later window (to light Minister's
room) at left. Similar narrow windows in north aisle.
Multi-pane glazing; slate roofs.
17th century mural monument at west end of south elevation,
between Minister's window and entrance.
Interior; plain interior; pulpit with upholstered buttoned
back-board in centre of south wall; plain 1837 box pews
fill slightly raked aisles. Wheelstair in tower; memorial in
entrance to Rev. Timothy Pont, Minister of Dunnet, 1601-10.
Burial ground; roughly coped rubble walled burial ground,
filled with tombs dating from 17th to 20th centuries.

Statement of Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such.

Rev. Timothy Pont was an early Scottish cartographer.

Communion table commemorates George Calder, pilot, RAFVR,

killed in action 1942.

Font given in memory of Jimmie Swanson, who gave his life

in the Longhope (Orkney) lifeboat disaster, 1969.

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