Aberdeenshire HER - NJ74NW0009 - ST CONGAN'S CHURCH, TURRIFF

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Primary ReferenceNJ74NW0009
NameST CONGAN'S CHURCH, TURRIFF
NRHE Card No.NJ74NW12
NRHE Numlink 19148
HES SM No.
HES LB No. 42163
Site Form Standing Structure
Site Condition Incomplete
Details Site of church and remains of a church. The ancient church was dedicated to St Congan and probably established in the 7th century. It was gifted to the Abbey of Arbroath by the Countess of Buchan in the 13th century and received donations at various dates amongst which one came from Robert the Bruce. The church now remaining as a ruin was probably built c.1412, now reduced to the fragment of the choir crowned by a belfry of 16th century date. When this was built at the E end of the old church, a wall was built across the sanctuary concealing the greater part of the Sacrament House, only one jamb being left visible. A relic of the older church was discovered in 1861 in the form of a fresco of St Ninian, the interior probably having been painted all over with frescoes. This has now been lost. The carved heads built into the E wall of the church may have come from the Almshouse or hospital which stood nearby (NJ74NW0001). The interior of the choir contains an interesting series of 17th century monuments. The new Parish church was built in 1794 on a new site. The gateway to the churchyard is late 17th century, a moulded arch framed in fluted pilasters with early 19th century wrought-iron gate. The churchyard contains monuments from the 17th century onwards.
Last Update30/08/2019
Updated Bycpalmer
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Easting: 372202.788942084, Northing: 849832.795576055

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Monument Type 1Monument Type 2Monument Type 3OrderProbability
CHURCHYARDS  J100
GRAVEYARDS  K100
CHURCHES SITE OFA100
CHURCHES REMAINS OFB100
BELFRIES  F100
FRESCOES SITE OFC100
HOUSESSACRAMENTREMAINS OFD100
HEADSSTONECARVEDE100
STONESTOMB H100
CHURCHESPARISH I100