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Biggar Church

Collegiate Church (Period Unassigned), Pillory (Post Medieval)

Site Name Biggar Church

Classification Collegiate Church (Period Unassigned), Pillory (Post Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) St Mary's Church; Biggar Kirk

Canmore ID 48705

Site Number NT03NW 9

NGR NT 04047 37895

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council South Lanarkshire
  • Parish Biggar
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Clydesdale
  • Former County Lanarkshire

Archaeology Notes


NT03NW 9.00 04047 37895 Church

NT03NW 9.01 c. 04045 37924 Burial Ground

NT03NW 9.02 0403 3786 Gates and Gate-Piers

(NT 0404 3789). Biggar church is mentioned in 12th century charters. The present parish church, dedicated to St Nicholas, was erected in 1545 by Malcolm, Lord Fleming and endowed as a collegiate church. It is cruciform in plan.

In 1860, mention is made of the jougs on a buttress by the church door, and a staple on a buttress a few yards on the other side of the door, where the branks were probably attached.

D MacGibbon and T Ross 1897; D E Easson 1957; J Drummond 1860.

The church is still in use. Only the chain of the jougs remains.

Visited by OS (RD) 19 July 1972.

Architecture Notes


Society Antiquaries Scotland. Topographical Collection. - 1 Lithograph

Architect: David Bryce - restoration 1870-71


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