Cathedral, Coffin (medieval), Round Tower
- Council Angus
- Parish Brechin
- Former Region Tayside
- Former District Angus
- Former County Angus
From at least the 10th century the site of Brechin Cathedral and round tower has been associated with the Christian church. Although many comparable towers are known in Ireland, the free-standing round tower is one of only two surviving examples from medieval Scotland
The 26m high tower is built of massive blocks of irregular sandstone and probably contained seven storeys with wooden floors. The original doorway to the tower stands over 2m above ground level and would have been accessed via a portable ladder. The round-headed entrance doorway is flanked by two projecting panels. The head of the arch is carved with a crucifixion and the main faces of each jamb bear an ecclesiastical figure or saint. To either side of the sill the panels are carved with crouching beasts. These carvings, together with the ornamented border around the door, may indicate a 10th-11th century date for the tower. Additional early medieval carved stones are located in the cathedral.
Information from RCAHMS (SC) June 2007
Cameron, N M (1994, 2007)
An image of this site has been nominated as one of Scotland's favourite archive images. For more information about the project visit http://www.treasuredplaces.org.uk
This A-listed structure, which is also Scheduled and in Guardianship, was recorded as part of the Listed Buildings Recording Programme for 1999-2000. The survey was proposed because of the visible deterioration in the carvings around the doorway and the primary emphasis of the survey was to provide detailed records of these. Accordingly, detailed photographs of the carvings were taken in varied lighting conditions and a measured survey was also undertaken.
For information on current thinking on the date and artistic context of the Round Tower, see N M Cameron, 'St Rule's Tower and early church architecture in Scotland', PSAS, 1994 (124), 367-378.
Ardovie tomb which was Category B Listed was demolished in September/October 1969 at the request of the Kirk Session.
Information from Demolitions catalogue held in RCAHMS library.
ARCHITECT: John Honeyman 1900 - restoration.
PLANS: Ian G. Lindsay Collection, W/60.
National Library of Scotland
General Hutton uncatalogued manuscripts vol. 2 no 12 - drawing and engraving
(Undated) information in NMRS.