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Kirkton Of Glenisla, Glenisla Parish Church

Church (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Kirkton Of Glenisla, Glenisla Parish Church

Classification Church (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Church Of Glenylit Or Glenlyefe

Canmore ID 31131

Site Number NO26SW 3

NGR NO 21492 60455

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Angus
  • Parish Glenisla
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District Angus
  • Former County Angus

Summary Record

The church was recorded by RCAHMS Threatened Buildings Survey in September 2013 prior to the sale of the church by thr General Trustees of the Church of Scotland.

The simple rectangular church was built in 1821 and retains its original canopied pulpit and a single gallery at the west end. The church was re-ordered in 1885 by John Carver when the present pews were installed the east gallery removed and the pulpit moved to the east end. The gig house for the minister's gig is attached to the north wall of the church but is now in the ownership of the Angus Roads Depertment. The church sits in a well tended graveyard.

STG 2014

Archaeology Notes

NO26SW 3.00 21492 60455

For nearby Lady Well, see NO26SW 4.

(NO 2149 6045) The Church of Glenylit or Glenlyefe (Glenisla) was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin. It was gifted to the Abbey of Cambuskenneth by King William the Lion, and is mentioned in the Taxation of 1275. It was in the diocese of Brechin. The patronage of the church was transferred to the Abbots of Cupar in 1311. In 1574 mention is made of the minister there. The present building was erected in 1821.

Nearby, to the south of the church, was the Lady Well - now filled up (See NO26SW 4)

A J Warden 1880-5.

Architecture Notes

NO26SW 3.00 21492 60455

NO26SW 3.01 21494 60443 Churchyard


Scottish Record Office:

Accounts of expenses and repairs to the Church of Glenisla and the manses of Cortachy and Alyth.

1821-1822 GD16/46/86

Repair of the Church. Extract from the records of the presbytery of Meigle.

1764 GD16/46/58

Expenses of repairs to Church and Manse.

N.D. [18th century] GD16/46/69

Repairs and maintenance of Church and Manse. Receipts, accounts and other papers.

1825-1857 GD16/46/92


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