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Inverallan Church And Churchyard

Burial Ground (Period Unassigned), Church (Period Unassigned), Font (Period Unassigned), Holy Well (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Inverallan Church And Churchyard

Classification Burial Ground (Period Unassigned), Church (Period Unassigned), Font (Period Unassigned), Holy Well (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Inverallan Churchyard, Symbol Stone And Cross-incised Slab; Inverallan Kirkyard; St Futach's Well

Canmore ID 15702

Site Number NJ02NW 4

NGR NJ 0266 2602

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Cromdale, Inverallan And Advie
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Badenoch And Strathspey
  • Former County Morayshire

Archaeology Notes

NJ02NW 4.00 026 260

(NJ 0266 2602) Inverallan Church (NR) (Site of)

OS 6" map, Morayshire, 2nd ed., (1905).

NJ02NW 4.01 NJ 0266 2602 Pictish Symbol Stone

NJ02NW 4.02 NJ 0267 2601 Cross-incised slab

The buried walls and foundations of the church were uncovered and destroyed shortly before December 1888, (A Mitchell 1889) when the graveyard was extended. The building had been 80 feet long and 21 feet wide with a cross wall dividing it into two unequal portions. At the west end were found a granite boulder with a basin, a font (H Scott 1915-61), standing in 1926 at the entrance to the graveyard, and a Pictish symbol stone, now built into the west wall of the grave- yard. The church is referred to in 1230 AD (L Shaw 1882) and is believed (H Scott 1915-61) to have been dedicated to St Futach.

A free-standing stone slab with a latin cross on each face, standing in the older part of the graveyard, was named by Mitchell in 1875 as the Inverallan Cross, but in 1888 as the Priest's Stone, while Scott names it as Futach's Stone (Futach, or St Fiacre, being a 7th century Irish saint.)

'St Futach's Well' partly filled with grass-grown mud, stood west of the road along the Spey a short distance from the graveyard (H Scott 1915-61).

A Mitchell and J Drummond 1875; L Shaw 1882; A Mitchell 1889; J R Allen and J Anderson 1903; H Scott 1915-61.

Activities

Field Visit (2 September 1966)

No trace remains of the church or well and there is no local knowledge of the dedication. The granite boulder with incised cup, as described by Mitchell, is a baptismal font. It lies at the entrance to the graveyard at NJ 0274 2604.

The much-weathered Pictish symbol stone, as described and planned by Allan and Anderson (1903), and Mitchell, is built into the NW wall of the graveyard at NJ 0265 2603.

The incised cross-slab at NJ 0267 2601, generally as described, measures 1.3m high, 0.6m wide and 0.2m thick.

Graveyard still in use.

Symbol stone and incised cross-slab surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (N K B), 2 September 1966.

Field Visit (8 February 1971)

No change. The well shown on OS 6" map at NJ 0284 2655 is a natural spring issuing into a wooden rectangular box measuring 0.5m long by 0.4m wide by 0.3m deep. It could not be ascertained if this was St Futach's Well.

Visited by OS (R L), 8 February 1971.

Field Visit (23 August 2006)

The font, which lies within the graveyard at the E corner, the symbol stone and the cross-incised stone, were drawn by J Borland (RCAHMS). At the time of the visit, a possible second cross-incised stone (photograph B 80201/PO) could not be located.

Visited by RCAHMS (TIP, JB) 23 August 2006

External Reference

EXTERNAL REFERENCE

Scottish Records Office

1778

Arch. Huston to James Grant, clerk at Castle Grant; Grantown, 12th May 1787

"I have go all the Seats of the Galeries of the Church of Inveralan and fronts of the Galeries Bon ready for setting up and some part of the Seats of the low church Just now making but till the Church are thached I Can not set any of them up as what work is Don and wood in the Church is all sppoiled with the rain so that I Cannot get the work Caried on so fast as I Could wish I have spock to Alexr Sturart the Hether thatcher many times to have it thatched but to no purpose ....... it will be neasery to have the Church beam filed as it will make the Church much warmer and will add a good deall of Ueght to the wall in the inside and make it look much better and it will be proper to have Sir Jameses Seat Coum seled with wood to make it Clean and descant and warm - there will be need for a window or two below the West Galeries to give light as that place of the Church is Dark - I should like to know how Sir James wuld like to have the low Church finished whether in peows or in sqr Seats I think that a Sqr Seat on each side of the pulpid would Dow well and four of six Sqr Seats betwixt the piller below the back Galeries .... let me know how I am to go on and by all means let it be thached or give orders for that purpose to me or any you want to Imploy"

Seafield MSS

GD 248/351/7/17

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