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Dalcross Church

A Scheduled Monument in Culloden and Ardersier, Highland

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Latitude: 57.5098 / 57°30'35"N

Longitude: -4.0465 / 4°2'47"W

OS Eastings: 277489

OS Northings: 848471

OS Grid: NH774484

Mapcode National: GBR J8CW.C4F

Mapcode Global: WH4GC.TH8R

Entry Name: Dalcross Church

Scheduled Date: 29 June 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5399

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Ecclesiastical: burial ground, cemetery, graveyard

Location: Croy and Dalcross

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Culloden and Ardersier

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument consists of the remains of the pre-Reformation church of Dalcross.

The chapel is situated in a disused burial ground immediately N of Little Dalcross steading. The building survives as rubble footings which describe a rectangle measuring 20m E-W by 7.5m N-S overall with walls 0.8m thick. Part of the E gable remains to a height of approximately 1m. In the N corner of the burial ground are the footings of a square building with sides measuring 4m. Only one grave slab is visible to the SE of the church, although many are hidden under accumulated soil and vegetation. The burial ground is enclosed by a drystone dyke.

The area to be scheduled is irregular, measuring a maximum of 50m SW-NE by 30m NW-SE, to include the chapel and burial ground, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because, although the building only survives as footings, the underlying archaeological layers have the potential, through excavation and analysis, to reveal evidence with the potential to shed light on construction methods and ecclesiastical design, parish evolution, settlement growth and social organisation prior to the Reformation in Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NH74NE 18.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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