Kiltearn Parish Church

Church, Churchyard

Site Name Kiltearn Parish Church

Classification Church, Churchyard

Alternative Name(s) Kiltearn Old Parish Church

Canmore ID 13651

Site Number NH66NW 1

NGR NH 61658 65226

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Kiltearn
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Ross And Cromarty
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Archaeology Notes

NH66NW 1.00 61658 65226

(NH 6165 6522) Church (NAT)

OS 6" map, Ross-shire, 2nd ed., (1907).

NH66NW 1.01 Centred NH 61660 65207 Burial Ground

See also NH66NW 15.


Pulpit installed in Lochgoilhead Kirk, Argyll in 1955.

The interior of this ruinous Category B Listed church has been stripped.

(Undated) information from Demolitions catalogue held in RCAHMS library.

Kiltearn church was built in 1791, but its particularly inconvenient situation suggests that the site is that of an early church (NSA 1845), possibly Culdee (Bain 1899).

Said to be dedicated to St Tighernac (Macrae 1923). (But see NH66NW 15).

New Statistical Account (NSA) 1845; R Bain 1899; N Macrae 1923.

Kiltearn Parish Church has been disused for about twenty years. It is still roofed, but the slates are soon to be removed for safety (Information from Mr Macrae, Sexton, Kiltearn parish church).

On the outside of the east wall of the church, part of a former arch can be seen, probably belonging to an earlier church. There are several 17th and 18th century gravestones in the graveyard. The sexton recalled that the former minister, now in Brechin, had said the church was on the site of a monastery.

No confirmation could be obtained for the dedication mentioned by Macrae.

Visited by OS (R D L) 5 May 1963.

Parish church - No roof.

CFA/MORA Coastal Assessment Survey 1998.

A re-used fragment of a medieval cross slab was identified on the exterior of the S wall of the nave at first floor level and towards the E end of the building.

Information from Mr D Alston, 24 April 2004.

NMRS, MS/2008.


Field Visit (2013 - 2014)

Church is now in poor state, and entrances boarded up. Severe problems with rabbit burrows, with a number of bones exposed. The retaining wall, which forms the coastal defence, is in poor condition in places, and needs more maintenance.

Visited by Scotland's Coastal Heritage at Risk (SCHARP) 2013


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