Cranshaws, Old Parish Church And Churchyard

Burial Ground, Church

Site Name Cranshaws, Old Parish Church And Churchyard

Classification Burial Ground, Church

Alternative Name(s) Cranshaws House, Church And Burial Ground

Canmore ID 57528

Site Number NT66SE 6

NGR NT 68360 61676

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Scottish Borders, The
  • Parish Cranshaws
  • Former Region Borders
  • Former District Berwickshire
  • Former County Berwickshire

Archaeology Notes

NT66SE 6 68360 61676

(NT 68360 61676) Cranshaws Old Church (NR) (Remains of)

OS 6" map (1957).

For (successor and present) Cranshaws Parish Church, see NT66SE 18.00 69231 61843.

This church, dedicated, or at least containing an altar, to St Ninian, is mentioned in 1296 but it undoubtedly existed long before that, according to Robson. The remaining fragment of the east wall, 2 1/2 ft thick, with foundations of other walls, indicates internal dimensions of 61ft by 14ft.

Excavations in 1889 revealed two doors in the south wall a feature of early churches, and a wall dividing the west end, probably built to form a vestry after the Reformation.

J Robson 1896; J Ferguson 1892

A portion of the east wall, 3.0m high, is standing in good condition: it is of rubble masonry. In addition the foundations of the building are traceable all round, measuring 19.5m by 5.6m externally. A plantation boundary dyke has been built across the NW corner.

Visited by OS (JFC) 16 December 1954

OS (JFC) confirmed.

Visited by OS (EGC) 27 April 1966.

Scheduled as 'Cranshaws House, church and burial ground 150m SE of...'

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 20 February 2009.

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