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Barra, Castlebay, Roman Catholic Church Of Our Lady Star Of The Sea

Church (Period Unassigned), War Memorial(S) (20th Century)

Site Name Barra, Castlebay, Roman Catholic Church Of Our Lady Star Of The Sea

Classification Church (Period Unassigned), War Memorial(S) (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Castlebay, Roman Catholic Church And Presbytery House; Bagh A' Chaisteil; War Memorial

Canmore ID 170254

Site Number NL69NE 66

NGR NL 66697 98284

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Western Isles
  • Parish Barra
  • Former Region Western Isles Islands Area
  • Former District Western Isles
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Recording Your Heritage Online

Our Lady Star of the Sea (RC), G. Woulfe Brenan of Oban, 1888; contractors MacDougall & MacColl; local mason Iain Clachair Gothic church of local granite with lean-to aisles and four-stage buttressed and crenellated clocktower, the bell cast by James Byrne of Dublin and hung in 1891. Inside, the reredos and high altar have been removed, and the side altar, made by John Mackinnon and brought here from the Mingulay chapel c.1911 , altered, not without detriment. The moving war memorial window (school of Hardman) was funded by special collections made during the War. Perched atop a rugged crag, the church remains a beacon for returning boats, and a symbol of Barra's strong Catholic faith.

Attached presbytery, c.1908. School and schoolhouse, Alexander Ross, 1879 Standard Hebridean school complex which, like others of its ilk, was used as the local venue for Napier's Crofters' Commission hearing in 1883.

Taken from "Western Seaboard: An Illustrated Architectural Guide", by Mary Miers, 2008. Published by the Rutland Press

Archaeology Notes

NL69NE 66.00 66697 98284

Our Lady

Star of the Sea

RC Church [NAT]

OS (GIS) MasterMap, July 2010.

NL69NE 66. 01 NL 66714 98286 Presbytery House


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