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Rosyth Old Kirk, Burial Ground, Mort House

A Category B Listed Building in Rosyth, Fife

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.0296 / 56°1'46"N

Longitude: -3.4697 / 3°28'10"W

OS Eastings: 308508

OS Northings: 682827

OS Grid: NT085828

Mapcode National: GBR 1Y.S0GY

Mapcode Global: WH5QY.NQZ0

Entry Name: Rosyth Old Kirk, Burial Ground, Mort House

Listing Date: 31 December 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 334883

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB3752

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Dunfermline

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Rosyth

Parish: Dunfermline

Traditional County: Fife

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Description

Early-earlier 19th century. Mort house to S of burial ground. Sandstone rubble; built into bank at N. Projecting eaves course to S.

N (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: arched door in N wall; raised chamfered surround; droved tails. Window to left; window slit to right.

E ELEVATION: 2 ventilation holes in E wall; remains of iron grill at upper hole.

S ELEVATION: window off centre to left; buttress to right; single window slits to left and right.

W ELEVATION: central window; circular hole above.

Door and windows boarded up. Flat coping stones; vaulted roof clad with large stone slabs, only some slabs remaining. Gable to W; raised flat wall to E.

INTERIOR: not seen, 1999.

Statement of Interest

B-Group with Rosyth Old Kirk. A certificate relating to 'Rosyth Safety Vault' published in N Fotheringham's book states that the bodies could be kept in the vault for up to 2 months in summer and 3 in winter before internment, by which time they were of no use to the anatomists and therefore safe from theft by the body snatchers.

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