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Contin, Church Of Scotland Parish Church

Church (Period Unassigned), Cross Incised Stone(S) (Early Medieval)

Site Name Contin, Church Of Scotland Parish Church

Classification Church (Period Unassigned), Cross Incised Stone(S) (Early Medieval)

Canmore ID 12436

Site Number NH45NE 4

NGR NH 45626 55777

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NH45NE 4.00 45626 55777

NH45NE 4.01 NH 45623 55758 Burial Ground

(NH 4562 5577) 'As the church at Contin is dedicated to St. Maelrubha it was probably erected by him' in which case it would be 7th or 8th century. An early historical reference was in 1227.

The church appears to be in the main a mediaeval building: 61 feet by 25 feet externally, 55 feet by 18 feet within. About 1832, the church was repaired and altered, and at various times doors and windows have been inserted, removed or altered. The main walls of the present church may have been built about 1490, as the former church had been burned by the Macdonalds about 1482-1488.

In the churchyard there are two stones,one an oblong slab, with carvings of crosses on them.

A C MacLean 1915; A B Scott 1914; J Noble 1909

The parish church of Contin was almost entirely reconstructed in the 18th century. In the churchyard there are at least two stones with Gothic sculpture dating back to about A.D.1200.

D MacDonald, A Polson and J Brown 1931

The Parish church of Contin was erected in 1747 on the site of ' an ancient edifice', the date of erection of which is unknown.

Name Book 1876

The two carved stones previously mentioned could not be recognised.

Visited by RCAMS (JRS) March 1989.


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