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Kiltarlity Old Parish Church

A Scheduled Monument in Aird and Loch Ness, Highland

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Latitude: 57.4607 / 57°27'38"N

Longitude: -4.5064 / 4°30'22"W

OS Eastings: 249744

OS Northings: 843928

OS Grid: NH497439

Mapcode National: GBR H970.BJL

Mapcode Global: WH3F6.RQ9Y

Entry Name: Kiltarlity Old Parish Church

Scheduled Date: 8 February 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5570

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Ecclesiastical: church

Location: Kiltarlity and Convinth

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Aird and Loch Ness

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument consists of the remains of the sixteenth century parish church of Kiltarlity, which may have succeeded an earlier one on the same site.

The dedication is said to have been to Thalargus (Talorgan) or, according to another account to "Tarrail". It is situated in an old graveyard on the S bank of the River Beauly. The rectangular church measures 19.1m E-W by 8.4m over walls 0.9m thick. The walling is a mixture of random masonry roughly coursed with rubble.

The gables are approximately 4m high, while the side walls stand to a maximum of 2.5m. The gables have opposed square-headed windows with segmental rear arches. The W gable has a plain window (now blocked) on the upper level. There are two entrances on the S side and a window. A small credence niche is located in the SW corner.

The area to be scheduled is rectangular, extending 2m from the exterior walls of the church and measuring a maximum of 23.1m E-W by 12.4m N-S, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a good example of a sixteenth/seventeenth century church. Its importance is enhanced by the likelihood that it overlies the buried remains of an earlier thirteenth-century building (dedicated to the Pictish Saint Talorgan), the church of 'Kyntarlargyn.' The monument provides built evidence and has the potential to provide further evidence through excavation for ecclesiastical architecture, parish organisation, burial practices and material culture during the medieval and early modern period.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NH 44 SE 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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