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Parish Church, Dunbar

A Category A Listed Building in Dunbar, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9991 / 55°59'56"N

Longitude: -2.5117 / 2°30'42"W

OS Eastings: 368183

OS Northings: 678581

OS Grid: NT681785

Mapcode National: GBR ND5V.L2Z

Mapcode Global: WH8W0.DG6V

Plus Code: 9C7VXFXQ+J8

Entry Name: Parish Church, Dunbar

Listing Name: Queen's Road Parish Church and Graveyard, Church of Scotland

Listing Date: 5 February 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 360930

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB24842

Building Class: Cultural

Also known as: Dunbar, Parish Church

ID on this website: 200360930

Location: Dunbar

County: East Lothian

Town: Dunbar

Electoral Ward: Dunbar and East Linton

Traditional County: East Lothian

Tagged with: Church building

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James Gillespie Graham, 1818-21. Perpendicular Gothic

Revival. Rectangular with clasping angle buttressed towers

and 4-stage W tower. Canted 5-sided buttressed apse added to

E gable by W and J Hay of Liverpool 1897. Coursed squared

Bourhouse sandstone rubble; ashlar dressings. Slate roof.

Mullioned and traceried pointed windows. Hoodmoulds above all

openings. Gabletted, crenellated parapet to apse, gables and

towers, resting on string course.

Entrance tower divided by string courses with openings to

each face at each stage. 4-centred doorways to porch; 2-light

cusped windows in 1st and 2nd stage with 3-light louvred

openings at belfry.

Tower flanked by tall aisle windows; latter repeated at E. N

and S walls 5 bays between outer corner tower; advanced

centre bay gabled with circular trefoiled window in gable


INTERIOR: aisled with 5-bay pointed arcades on columns with

moulded capitals. Timber ceiling trusses exposed and

gothicised 1897. Gallery in W bay with traceried panelled.

Gothic style oak pulpit and sounding board (1918), communion

table (1934).

Plain leaded windows of 1897. Original galleries removed by W

and J Hay. Stained glass: central apse window Edward Frampton

(1901) flanked by Ballantine and Sons to left (1865) and

right (1871). 3-light S window by A L and C E Moore (1926). Wall-monument to George Home circa 1611 at E end of N aisle.

Renaissance Triumphal arch; incorporated from earlier church.

Polychrome marble and alabaster. 12ft high by 26ft wide.

Profiled kneeling figure centre, flanking Knight atlantes

supporting Justice and Wisdom figures. Reclining, figures in

arch and scrolled heraldic panel above. Possibly Italian

workmen employed: restored in 1897 by Grant Stevenson.

LAVABO: S of Home monument. W Birnie Rhind circa 1901. Shell

supported by pair of putti, probably alabaster. Dedicated to

Rev. Robert Buchanan.

GRAVEYARD: Rubble sandstone boundary wall extending S.

W WALL: mid 17th century wall-slab. Ionic columns with egg

and dart moulding, with weaponry reliefs and flanking

strapwork behind. Trumpet-blowing angel in centre arch above

illegibly weathered inscription panel. Escutcheon on crowning

pediment. Possibly made for a victim of battle of Dunbar.

W WALL: late 17th century wall-slab. Bipartite form with

channelled columns. Weathered inscription above with curved

pediment. Purves family monument; modern inscriptions in

arched recesses.

CENTRE: early 19th century diminutive Gothic building now

used as tool-house. Rubble and slates. Round arched door in

advanced pedimented bay, flanked by blind, Y-traceried

pointed arch lights.

Statement of Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such. Prominent edifice on

raised site. Former large collegiate church of 1342, which

became Town Kirk 1560 with tower added 1739 on same site


1818-21 building by Wall and Dickson contractors, Haddington;

cost $6,000 (Miller p 198).

Interior refurbishment of 1897 result of repeated fund

raising from 1883 instigated by Duchess Dowager of Roxburghe (Haddingtonshire Courier).

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