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St John's Chapel,Allangrange

A Scheduled Monument in Black Isle, Highland

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Latitude: 57.5327 / 57°31'57"N

Longitude: -4.2978 / 4°17'52"W

OS Eastings: 262524

OS Northings: 851500

OS Grid: NH625515

Mapcode National: GBR H8RT.B2Y

Mapcode Global: WH3DX.YXLR

Entry Name: St John's Chapel,Allangrange

Scheduled Date: 1 December 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5469

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Ecclesiastical: chapel

Location: Knockbain

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Black Isle

Traditional County: Ross-shire


The monument consists of the remains of a chapel, dedicated to St John, which date from the late thirteenth century.

The chapel, alleged to have belonged to the Knights Templar, sits in a small walled enclosure 100m NE of Old Allangrange House. Its upstanding remains consist of the E gable and part of the adjoining side walls. The W wall has been removed and replaced with railings. A central gate gives access to the nave of the chapel which is now used

as a burial ground for the Fraser-Mackenzie's of Allangrange.

The chapel measures 9.9m E-W by 6m N-S inside walls about 1m thick. The gable stands to a height of 6m the walls to 3m. Entrance was presumably from the W end. The E gable has a triple lancet window which has been externally refaced, two lancet windows light the S wall and the N wall is blind. There are two memorial stones with armorial bearings in the S wall. There is a credence niche in the SE part of the E wall.

The floor level drops towards the W. The area to be scheduled is irregular measuring a maximum of 20m N-S by 20m E-W, to include the chapel and enclosure, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as an example of a late thirteenth century chapel possibly connected with the Knights of St John. As such it provides evidence for and has the potential to provide further evidence through research and excavation for ecclesiastical architecture and the organisation of military orders in Scotland during the middle ages.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NH 65 SW 5.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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