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Kilchattan,old parish church,Colonsay

A Scheduled Monument in Kintyre and the Islands, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.0751 / 56°4'30"N

Longitude: -6.2394 / 6°14'21"W

OS Eastings: 136291

OS Northings: 695026

OS Grid: NR362950

Mapcode National: GBR BDZN.GW0

Mapcode Global: WGYFH.4K3L

Entry Name: Kilchattan,old parish church,Colonsay

Scheduled Date: 2 October 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5087

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Ecclesiastical: church

Location: Colonsay and Oronsay

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Kintyre and the Islands

Traditional County: Argyllshire


Remains of a rectangular medieval parish church, possibly of the later l4th century, measuring 8.3 by 4.5m within walls 0.85m thick, built of random rubble masonry in lime mortar. There are traces of a splayed E window, flanked by a pair of aumbries, and of another window in the S wall near the E end. The W wall and western part of the S wall, however, are not visible above ground, and what does remain of the building stands no more than 2.3m high.

The area in and around the church is disturbed by burials (the earliest dated one being l789), and a gardener's shed (timber and corrugated iron) has been constructed in the NE angle. The scheduled area includes the foundations (presumed) and standing walls of the church, the area contained by them and a zone extending lm outside them, forming a total area of 12 by 8.2m as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The church is of national importance for the evidence that it provides about the design and construction of parish churches in the Western Isles in the later Middle Ages. Although it is at present listed as a Historic Building (Cat. CS), scheduling is felt to offer better and more appropriate protection for the remains below as well as above ground.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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