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Kilchoan, Old Parish Church and graveyard 250m north east of The Manse

A Scheduled Monument in Fort William and Ardnamurchan, Highland

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Latitude: 56.7002 / 56°42'0"N

Longitude: -6.11 / 6°6'36"W

OS Eastings: 148498

OS Northings: 764044

OS Grid: NM484640

Mapcode National: GBR CC90.G3C

Mapcode Global: WGZCL.3VRF

Entry Name: Kilchoan, Old Parish Church and graveyard 250m NE of The Manse

Scheduled Date: 3 November 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7824

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Ecclesiastical: church

Location: Ardnamurchan

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Fort William and Ardnamurchan

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument is the disused former parish church and graveyard located on sloping ground to the N of Kilchoan.

This old church is now a roofless shell. It is mainly of the eighteenth century but incorporates part of an earlier church dating to the twelfth or thirteenth century. It measures, internally, 14.4m E-W by 5.2m N-S. Traces of medieval masonry survive in the W and E gable walls and possibly elsewhere in the building. The dedication of the church was to St. Comgan. There are two fourteenth/fifteenth century grave slabs in the churchyard, which is still in use for burial.

The area to be scheduled is irregular in plan and measures a maximum of 50m E-W by 55m N-S, to include the church, graveyard and graveyard wall, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract. All lairs with current burial rights are excluded from the scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The church is of national importance because of its potential to contribute an understanding of medieval and post-medieval ecclesiastical architecture and religious practice.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NM 46 SE 3.


Mackinlay, J. M. (1914) Ancient church dedications in Scotland: non-scriptural dedications, Edinburgh, 163.

NSA (1845) The new statistical account of Scotland by the ministers of the respective parishes under the superintendence of a committee of the society for the benefit of the sons and daughters of the clergy, 15v, Edinburgh, Vol. 7, Argyll, 117.

OPS (1854) Origines Parochiales Scotiae: the antiquities ecclesiastical and territorial of the parishes of Scotland, Vol. 2, 1, Edinburgh, 194.

RCAHMS (1980) The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Argyll: an inventory of the monuments volume 3: Mull, Tiree, Coll and Northern Argyll (excluding the early medieval and later monuments of Iona), Edinburgh, 143-4, 293, 294.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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