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Keirmill Village Keir Parish Church and Churchyard

A Category B Listed Building in Mid and Upper Nithsdale, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 55.2199 / 55°13'11"N

Longitude: -3.7941 / 3°47'38"W

OS Eastings: 285966

OS Northings: 593212

OS Grid: NX859932

Mapcode National: GBR 18Y2.DM

Mapcode Global: WH5VV.P2H5

Entry Name: Keirmill Village Keir Parish Church and Churchyard

Listing Date: 3 August 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 342680

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB10255

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Keir

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Mid and Upper Nithsdale

Parish: Keir

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire

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William Burn, architect. Built 1814. Rectangular-plan 3-bay
Gothic church with engaged 3-stage square tower at west
gable; octagonal angle stair turret, low narrow chancel and
vestry added 1880, James Barbour of Dumfries. Stugged pink
ashlar, polished dressings, window dressings contrasting red
sandstone. Tudor-arched windows with perpendicular tracery;
buttresses gableted above eaves level. Tower with west-
facing door, chamfered angles, off-set top stage with
crenellated parapet, stair turret rises above south west
angle with louvered openings to each face and faceted and
finialed roof. Windows hood-moulded at west. Lean-to vestry
in south east re-entrant angle. Slate roof.
Interior: re-modelled by Barbour; mostly 1880, 1905 organ
gallery in tower with cusped-headed gallery framing; open
timber roof panelled reredos; windows hood-moulded.
Quadrangular churchyard enclosure, ashlar-coped rubble-built
walls incorporating cottage at south, gate to west of
latter; corniced square gatepiers with pyramidal caps. 19th-
20th century stone monuments.

Statement of Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such. There was a delay

before building a new church at Keir; a plan had earlier

(1812) been produced by "Mr Elliot, architect at Drumlanrig"

(presumably William Elliot).

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