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Church of Pert, church and burial ground

A Scheduled Monument in Brechin and Edzell, Angus

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Latitude: 56.7847 / 56°47'4"N

Longitude: -2.5746 / 2°34'28"W

OS Eastings: 364990

OS Northings: 766047

OS Grid: NO649660

Mapcode National: GBR WZ.VR1C

Mapcode Global: WH8R3.FQ7N

Entry Name: Church of Pert, church and burial ground

Scheduled Date: 30 October 1970

Last Amended: 31 March 2015

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM2989

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Ecclesiastical: church

Location: Logie Pert

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Brechin and Edzell

Traditional County: Angus


The monument comprises the remains of a medieval church, dating probably from the 13th century, though significantly rebuilt and altered in the 15th century and later. It also includes the W and central parts of the burial ground. The church is rectangular on plan, measuring 13.1m by 5.9m internally, and stands complete to wall-head height at each gable end. There are two lancet windows in the E gable and a third in the W gable; and there are two doorways at either end of the N and S walls, now blocked. The 13th-century date of origin is indicated by several architectural details, such as the form of the doorways, with their square lintels and rounded shoulders, and the narrow lancet windows, with their pointed arches. Atop the W gable is a belfry with a date stone of 1676. The burial ground contains an interesting group of memorial stones from the 17th to 19th centuries. The monument is situated immediately S of the River North Esk on locally rising ground at around 35m above sea level. The monument was first scheduled in 1970, but the documentation did not meet modern standards: the present amendment rectifies this.

The area to be scheduled is irregular on plan, to include the remains described above and an area around them within which evidence relating to the monument's construction, use and abandonment may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map. On the N, W and S sides, the scheduling extends up to but does not include the boundary wall of the burial ground. The scheduling also specifically excludes memorial stones that postdate 1900 and burial lairs where rights of burial still exist.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance because of its inherent potential to make a significant addition to our understanding of early church sites in Scotland. The early abandonment of the site means we can expect well-preserved archaeology that can make a significant contribution to our knowledge of medieval church architecture and burial practice. The monument's significance is enhanced by the capacity to compare it with other early church sites in Angus and to relate the church to the medieval settlement pattern. The quality of the 17th- to 19th-century memorial stones enhances the importance of the site. The loss of the monument would significantly diminish our future ability to appreciate and understand early churches in eastern Scotland and the role they played in the organisation of Christianity and in medieval and later society.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the site as NO66NW 19.

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Christison, D 1902, 'The carvings and inscriptions on the kirkyard monuments of the Scottish Lowlands; particularly in Fife, Angus, Mearns and Lothian', Proc Soc Antiq Scot 36, 303-17.

Cowan, I B 1967, The parishes of medieval Scotland, Scot Rec Soc 93, 163.

Fawcett, R 2002, Scottish medieval churches: architecture and furnishings, 102.

Gilruth, J D 1937, 'Ancient churches on the Angus North Esk - with special reference to the old parish churches of Logie and Pert', Trans Scot Eccles Soc 12, 1, 54.

Jervise, A 1875-9, Epitaphs and inscriptions from burial grounds and old buildings in the north-east of Scotland with historical, biographical, genealogical and antiquarian notes, 2v, Edinburgh, vol 1, 210-12.

MacGibbon and Ross, D and T 1896-7, The ecclesiastical architecture of Scotland from the earliest Christian times to the seventeenth century, 3v, Edinburgh, vol 3, 458-9.

NSA 1834-1845, 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 11, 263.

RCAHMS 1984, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The archaeological sites and monuments of central Angus, 2 (medieval and later), Angus District, Tayside Region, The archaeological sites and monuments of Scotland series 22, Edinburgh, 11, No. 38.

Warden, A J 1880-5, Angus or Forfarshire: the land and people, descriptive and historical, 5v, Dundee, vol 4, 232-4.


Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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