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Rosneath,Old Parish Church

A Scheduled Monument in Lomond North, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.0093 / 56°0'33"N

Longitude: -4.8028 / 4°48'10"W

OS Eastings: 225357

OS Northings: 683141

OS Grid: NS253831

Mapcode National: GBR 0B.TF15

Mapcode Global: WH2M3.6761

Entry Name: Rosneath,Old Parish Church

Scheduled Date: 8 February 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5604

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Crosses and carved stones: cross-incised stone; Ecclesiastical: church

Location: Rosneath

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Lomond North

Traditional County: Dunbartonshire


The original church which was cruciform in plan was taken down in 1780. Its only remaining portion is the bellcote which now surmounts the W gable of the 18th century church. The remaining structure of the 18th century church consists of the W gable and most of the S wall. The masonry is of roughly squared coursed stone to wall-head height; above this the courses are thinner towards the apex of the W gable. The greater part of the N wall (apart from a 3.4m section adjoining the W end) and all of the E gable have been removed.

The ruin, orientated E-W measures 17m by 8.2m with walls 0.75m thick. There is one square-headed doorway in the W end. Square-headed upper and lower level windows towards the W end indicate that there probably was a loft present. The rest of the S wall has been broken up by three tall round-headed windows (the SE one is destroyed). The first round window from the W end has two sculptured slabs bolted to a crossbar and resting on another which has been used as a sill. The interior of the church is used as a burial ground. There are burial enclosures extending from the exterior S wall.

The area to be scheduled is rectangular and measures a maximum of 30m ENE-WSW by 20m NNW-SSE to include the 18th century building and an area which is likely to contain buried remains of the Medieval church.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as it is an 18th century building which although incomplete retains features of architectural and historical interest. The monument's value is increased by the fact that it overlies the site of an earlier Medieval church which has the potential through excavation to yield information relating to Medieval ecclesiastical architecture and material culture.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NS28SE 3.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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