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St Michael's Graveyard, Cambusnethan

A Category B Listed Building in Motherwell South East and Ravenscraig, North Lanarkshire

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Latitude: 55.7639 / 55°45'50"N

Longitude: -3.9654 / 3°57'55"W

OS Eastings: 276778

OS Northings: 654036

OS Grid: NS767540

Mapcode National: GBR 01RS.9M

Mapcode Global: WH4QY.1DZ4

Plus Code: 9C7RQ27M+HR

Entry Name: St Michael's Graveyard, Cambusnethan

Listing Name: Wishaw, Netherton, Kirkhill Road, St Michael's Churchyard, Enclosure and Mausolea

Listing Date: 21 June 1982

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 407101

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB64

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Cambusnethan

County: North Lanarkshire

Electoral Ward: Motherwell South East and Ravenscraig

Parish: Cambusnethan

Traditional County: Lanarkshire


CEMETERY: on medieval site of Cambusnethan Parish Church and churchyard, in use until circa 1650. Levelled and elevated, rectangular site; collapsed rubble boundary wall, entrance on N wall.

MAUSOLEA: mid 18th to mid 19th century, 3 adjoining rectangular-plan burial enclosures, arranged in L-plan, incorporating stonework of medieval Cambusnethan Parish Church. Ruinous and roofless.

S ENCLOSURE: mid 18th century, single storey, 3-bay, rectangular-plan, classical, Coltness mausoleum.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: diagonally droved ashlar yellow sandstone. lugged, architraved and corniced doorway to centre, flanking blind windows, rope-moulded panel above inscribed 'Coltness', flanked by blind attic windows; ruinous gable; blank returns.

N ENCLOSURE: probably mid 19th century, single storey, 3-bay, rectangular-plan, Lockhart Mausoleum. Droved ashlar yellow sandstone.

E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: wide central opening, flanking blind windows; blank returns. Ruinous above wallhead.

W ENCLOSURE: rectangular-plan, ruinous, base course only.

Statement of Interest

The churchyard is the remains of the original Cambusnethan Parish Church founded by St Nethan in the 8th century. Later becoming St Michael's before the Reformation when the church was moved up to the village. It is close to the site of the original Cambusnethan House which belonged to the Baird family in the Medieval period, succeeding to the Stevensons (Lockhart of Castlehill) in the 17th century. The mausolea that have been built since the move up to the village in that century represent the estates that the original Cambusnethan Baird owned land was broken up into, ie Belhaven's of Wishaw, the Stewarts of Coltness and the Lockharts of Castlehill. Coincidentally all three estates had houses by James Gillepsie Graham, though all are now in various states of ruin. The largest tomb, the Belhaven and Stenton mausoleum, is listed separately.

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