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Old Church, Dairsie

A Category A Listed Building in Cupar, Fife

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Latitude: 56.3335 / 56°20'0"N

Longitude: -2.9493 / 2°56'57"W

OS Eastings: 341400

OS Northings: 716090

OS Grid: NO414160

Mapcode National: GBR 2K.4WWZ

Mapcode Global: WH7S3.N2RG

Plus Code: 9C8V83M2+C7

Entry Name: Old Church, Dairsie

Listing Name: Dairsie Old Church (St Mary's) Former Session House, Cemetery Walls and Gatepiers

Listing Date: 1 March 1984

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 333569

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB2610

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Dairsie

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Cupar

Parish: Dairsie

Traditional County: Fife

Tagged with: Church building

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Dated 1621. Rectangular-plan, ashlar, 4-bay church, with Gothic detail. 2-stage octagonal tower corbelled over south west corner has rectangular openings to each face of upper stage: crudely balustraded above, and faceted spire with diminutive lucarnes. Segmental-headed moulded arch with Renaissance doorpiece in west wall; datestone, and crest of Spottiswood family above, with initials of Archbishop John. North and south bays divided by buttresses with 3-light windows and bold plate tracery under pointed arch (1 with cill raised over blocked door). Pair of similar windows to east wall. Continuous moulded cill course. Grotesque mask spouts below string at eaves, originally to drain flat roof, but roof altered and raised late in 18th century, Robert Balfour, Architect; now piended and slated.

INTERIOR: original interior destroyed shortly after construction: 19th century interior also gutted: gallery with panelled front remains, supported on 2 cast-iron columns: simple dado panelling: panelled oak door to bell-tower probably original. One pedimented and urn-finialed marble monument of note dated 1786, and 1648 tombslab. One window by

Ballantine & Gardiner of Edinburgh, 1905. Single storey 2-bay gabled tool-shed to east has door and blind window, both with pointed heads, to south elevation. Graveyard enclosed by rubble-built walls with corniced square ashlar gatepiers and decorative wrought-iron gates.

Statement of Interest

No longer in ecclesiastical use. Major refit 1835-7, John Kennedy, builder, and John MacCulloch, wright: some window heads and mullions replaced; windows on north wall re-opened; door on south wall blocked, and interior renewed. Sketch for pulpit and seats, 1904, among Gillespie & Scott archtiects drawings (index in SNMR.) Tool-shed was originally the session house.

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