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Buchanan, Old Parish Church

Burial Enclosure (Period Unassigned), Chapel (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Buchanan, Old Parish Church

Classification Burial Enclosure (Period Unassigned), Chapel (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Buchanan, Chapel

Canmore ID 43429

Site Number NS48NE 5

NGR NS 4544 8894

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Stirling
  • Parish Buchanan
  • Former Region Central
  • Former District Stirling
  • Former County Stirlingshire

Archaeology Notes

NS48NE 5 4544 8894

(NS 4544 8894) Chapel (NR) (Site of) Burial Ground (NR)

OS 6" map, Dunbartonshire, 2nd ed., (1923)

Chapel of St Mary & St Michael (Site): This chapel served as a parish church after the abandonment of Inchcailleach in 1621 until a new church was built about 1764. Nothing can now be seen on the site except some upright stone blocks, which seem to demarcate the former extent of the burying ground.

RCAHMS 1963; W H MacLeod 1901; J G Smith 1896.

The stone blocks referred to above demarcate an area 8.6m E-W by 6.3m N-S, which appears to be the extent of the chapel and not the graveyard as suggested.

Visited by OS (R D) 10 March 1965.

NS 454 889 Nothing now remains of this chapel which served as the parish church of Buchanan from 1621 to 1764. A few upright stone blocks on the site may demarcate the extent of a small burial-enclosure.

RCAHMS 1979, visited August 1978

OSA 1793; J G Smith 1896; RCAHMS 1963.

Chapel

(site of) [NAT] (at NS 45439 88948)

OS (GIS) MasterMap, October 2009.

Architecture Notes

1621-1746

See also NS49SW 48 Milton of Buchanan, Buchanan Parish Church references

REFERENCE - Scottish Record Office

Repair of Church and Quire.

The Heritors have obtained estimates and John Smith has been appointed overseer. Gorthie reminds the Duke of Montrose that the Quire is no part of the Church but is the burial place of the Lairds of Buchanan. If the Duke wishes to retain this as his property he is liable for the cots of repairs. Letter from Mungo Graham of Gorthie to the Duke of Montrose.

1713 GD220/5/810/3

Repair of the Quire of the Church of Buchanan. Payments to John Smith for the work.

Cash Book. 1713 GD/220/6/27/Page 82

Bell for the Church.

Payment of [pounds] 8 for a bell sent to Buchanan Church.

Cash Book. 1725 GD220/6/23/Page 64

Proposed removal of the Church.

The Heritors of the Parish of Buchanan have agreed to the Duke of Montrose removing the Church. It will cost some money and trouble so Orchill is to draw up a paper before the work is begun. 1746 GD220/5/927/5

Buchanan. Estimate of the expense of repairing the Kirk of Buchanan given by James Adam, John Crawford and William McFarlane, workment called by the Heritors to view the Kirk. It amounts to [pounds] 211.6.0. and includes pointing, harling, mending the roof and building the bellhouse. 1712 GD220/6/611/2

Repair of the Kirk of Buchanan.

Agreement by the Heritors concerning the repair of the Church.

1713 GD 220/6/611/1

Repair of the Quire of the Church of Buchanan.

Payment of [pounds]44.10.0 to John Smith. Payment of [pounds]36.10.2. noted as the Duke of Montrose's proportion of the expense. Included in the General Account of Money spent for building the House at Buchanan.

1713 GD 220/6/988/1

Bell sent to Buchanan.

Receipted account for [pounds] 8 from John Waylett.

1725 GD 220/6/1256/62

Estimate for work and materials for repairing the Kirk of Buchanan. It amounts to [pounds] 119.1.0.

ND GD 220/6/611/12

Estimate for work and materials for repairing the Kirk of Buchanan. It amounts to [pounds] 119.1.0.

1726 GD 220/6/611/10

Repair of the Kirk of Buchanan.

'Account of money due to Mr Robert McFarlane, Minister at Buchanan which he laid out for repairing the Kirk' in 1713 and 1727. It includes payment of [pounds] 12 to the Laird of Grant for 1000 slates and of [pounds] 7.4.0 to John Bildzing for freight and carriage of the bell.

1713 and 1727 GD 220/6/611/14

Materials necessary for making new doors and pulpit for the Church of Buchanan. Estimate

ND GD 220/6/611/17

Repair of the Kirk of Buchanan.

Account of money laid out by John Smith. It includes work, materials and 'bringing home the bell'.

1727 GD 220/6/611/29

Repair of the Kirk of Buchanan.

Account of money paid out by John Graham for timber and for glazier work and for hanging the bell 1725-1726. [pounds] 68.3.0. 1727 GD 220/6/611/5 and 7

The condition of the Kirk of Buchanan.

Tradesmen report that it is beyond repair and should be rebuilt.

1743 GD 220/6/617/1

Repair of the roof of Buchanan Kirk.

Receipted account for gathering ffogg.

1744 GD 220/6/831/16

Repair of the roof of Buchanan Kirk.

Receipted account from Robert Watt, slater.

1744 GD 220/6/831/17

An account of the expense of beamfilling the Kirk of Buchanan. It amounts to ?119.1.0.

ND GD 220/6/611/12

Contract concerning the removal of the Church.

Auchmar's son has refused to sign the contract. This may cause others to withdraw consent. The Duke of Montrose asks Gorthie to try persuasion and he himself will see what he can do when he comes North.

Letter from the Duke of Montrose to Mugo Graham of Gorthie.

1746 GD 220/5/928/1

Plans of Church and Manse of Buchanan and the Gate at the head of the Cross Avenue.

Payment of £5 to John Adam, Architect (1721-1792).

Cashbook

1761 GD 220/6/8/Page 1

Building the Church of Buchanan and seating and furnishin it.

Payment of £543.9.6 (? to Alexander Gowan).

Factor's Account Book

1764 GD 220/6/50

Repair of the Church of Buchanan.

The harling is to be taken off and redone.

This inside of the Church is to be lathed and plastered as well as the staircase and the family seat which must be repaired and painted.

The pavement of the Church is to be relaid to cover the whole floor. Pews are numbered. The square pews to have doors but the single ones are to be without.

1825 GD 220/6/88

New Belfry for the Church of Buchanan.

A Belfry of iron is to be placed where the present one is, only a little lower, according to the drawing. The pillars are to be of cast iron held together with bars of the same let into the Pillars at the top and made quite secure. The top of the Belfry may be made of best Mensel timber covered with lead or copper; or may be of cast iron without wood.

1825 GD 220/6/88

Estimates for building the Kirk of Buchanan and the Duke of Montrose's gallery agreeable to a plan by Mr John Adam, Architect [1721-1792]

The estimate amounts to £415.16.4

1763 GD 220/6/836/20

Estimate for seating in Buchanan Kirk

The estimate includes the pulpit, canopy and reader's desk and amounts to £68.9.10.

Signed by Alexander Gowan, mason.

1763 GD 220/6/836/21

Additional estimate for completing the Kirk of Buchanan. It concerns iron work for the bellhouse and a chimney grate for the Duke of Montrose's Gallery.

c1764 GD 220/6/836/22

Abtract of the expense of building the Church of Buchanan, seating and painting it and building the Kirkyard walls from Alexander Gowan's estimates.

£513.0.0

1764 GD 220/6/836/15

Account of the expense of building the church and churchyard dyke at Buchanan and seating and furnishing the building. It amounts fo £543.9.0 1/2.

Alexander Gowan, Mason

1764 GD 220/6/836/13

Repair of the Quire of the Church of Buchanan.

Payment of £44.10.0 to John Smith.

Payment of £36.10.2 noted as the Duke of Montrose's proportion of the expense.

Included in the General Account of Money spent for building the House at Buchanan.

1713 GD 220/6/988/1

(Undated) information in NMRS.

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