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Graveyard, Old Wardlaw Parish Church, Kirkhill

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Latitude: 57.4781 / 57°28'41"N

Longitude: -4.4204 / 4°25'13"W

OS Eastings: 254966

OS Northings: 845680

OS Grid: NH549456

Mapcode National: GBR H8GY.V6J

Mapcode Global: WH3F8.299K

Plus Code: 9C9QFHHH+6R

Entry Name: Graveyard, Old Wardlaw Parish Church, Kirkhill

Listing Name: Kirkhill, Old Wardlaw Church with Lovat Burial Aisle and Burial Ground

Listing Date: 5 October 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 339798

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB7815

Building Class: Cultural

ID on this website: 200339798

Location: Kirkhill

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Aird and Loch Ness

Parish: Kirkhill

Traditional County: Inverness-shire

Tagged with: Cemetery

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Former Wardlaw Parish church of which only rectangular burial

aisle at west of 1634 survives, with belfry dated 1722.

1634 rectangular burial aisle, possibly incorporating earlier

core; harled rubble with ashlar dressings. 3-bay south

elevation with 1722 belfry at east apex; square headed door

with moulded jambs at; 2 long round-headed windows with

similarly moulded jambs, panelled wooden shutters with long

blacksmith hinges extending across shutters as locking bars.

Forestair at east gable leading to mural wheel stair serving

bellcote tower; small square base with square headed windows

in each face (except west) and small decorative stumpy

bartizans at each angle, each bartizan corbelled out with

decorative moulding ashlar conical caps and diminutive apex

ball finials. Circular belfry stage with 4 square headed

windows immediately below eaves cornice off-set to window below;

conical roof with 4 diminutive dated lucarnes, double ball

finial and copper weathercock. Strapwork buckle margins at SE

and NE angles; moulded eaves cornice north and south; flat skews terminating in swept skewputts; slate roof.

Interior shallow raised dais at east with carved ashlar

balustrade incorporating Lovat coat of arms; Corninthian

columned and pedimented mural memorial plaque; further

plaques in moulded surrounds to either side. Plaques in north

and south wall recording burial vaults of Frasers of Reelig

and Belladrum. Shallow mural recess in north wall housing

2 early carved fragments. Trapdoor entrance to Lovat (Fraser

of Beaufort) burial vault immediately in front of

balustrade; steps lead to vault containing various 18th

and early 19th century lead coffins. Stone tiled floor in

poor condition. (1984) Burial ground; line of former

church extends to west of burial aisle defined by footings

and with (re-sited?) jambs of entrance door leading to one

of the burial enclosures.

Large burial ground enclosed by roughly coped rubble wall,

heightened in part at south. Round-headed entrance with

moulded jambs under corniced blocking course. Spearhead

cast-iron pedestrian gate.

Statement of Interest

Maryhill or Kirkhill the site of the former Wardlaw Parish

Church. Kirkhill parish consits of the united parishes of

Wardlaw and Farnua (see entry for Kirkton). Lovat Burial

aisle served the Lovats of Beaufort until the RC Church of St

Mary's Eskadale was built in 1826, where they now have a

burial ground. Pedimented murla memorial to Thomas Lord

Fraser of Lovat erected by his son Simon. The 3 Fraser

ministers of Kirkhill buried closed together were Rev

Alexander Fraser (1749-1802), Rev. Donald (1783-1836) and

Rev. Alexander (d.1883, "care out" at Disruption),

Grandfather, father and son.

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