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ID:MHG8468
Type of record:Building
Name:Nigg Parish Church
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Summary

An early 17th-century church which replaced an earlier church on the same site.

Images

Site Visit, 5/11/03 (photo by Hilary Whie)  © Highland CouncilOld Council listed building record (for up to date description see link to Historic Scotland's website)  © Highland Council© Highland Council

Reports

Fieldwork Report  © Highland Archaeology Services Ltd (File size: 2326 KB)Colour photograph  © Please contact Highland Council for details (File size: 5886 KB)
Grid Reference:NH 8044 7170
Map Sheet:NH87SW
Civil Parish:NIGG
Geographical Area:ROSS AND CROMARTY

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Built, 17th Century - 1626 AD to 1626 AD)
  • CHURCH (Renovated, 18th Century - 1725 AD to 1725 AD)
  • CHURCH (Enlarged, 18th Century - 1786 AD to 1786 AD)
  • CHURCH (Alterations, 19th Century - 1864 AD to 1864 AD)
Protected Status:Listed Building (A) 14044: Nigg Old Parish Church and Graveyard; Scheduled Monument

Scores

  • Survival: ROOFED BUILDING (undated)
  • Survival: VISIBLE FEATURE (<1M (undated)

Other References/Statuses

  • Guardianship Monument
  • Historic Environment Record: MHG8468
  • NMRS NUMLINK Reference: 15299
  • NMRS Record Details: NH87SW5 NIGG, CHURCH OF SCOTLAND PARISH CHURCH
  • Old SMR Reference Number: NH87SW0005

Full description

Canmore description:

NH87SW 5 8045 7171
This parish church, dedicated to St Fiacre, built 1626, renovated 1725, enlarged 1786; Andrew Maitland, alterations, 1864. It is a simple, long T-plan church with main portion E-W and Twing to N. The earliest reference to a church on this site occurs in 1255-6.
OSA 1794; NSA 1845; Orig Paroch Scot 1855; N Macrae 1923; G Hay 1957;
I B Cowan 1967; RCAHMS 1979. <1>-<7>

This church is still in use. The bell is dated 1624 as is oldest dated gravestone in graveyard, which is also still in use. The dedication is not in use, church being known as Nigg Parish Church. Visited by OS (ISS) 25 August 1972.

REFERENCE: SCOTTISH RECORD OFFICE

Heritors Records (HR 361/4 Nigg) Report on Ecclesiastical Buildings of Nigg 1878. New floor inserted 12" higher than previous floor. N gallery to be removed. East and West galleries to be partitioned off to make a more comfortable church. A Maitland & Sons, Architects, Tain. Later reports cover minor repairs.

Exterior photos, planning app 03/881/LBCRC to renovate - HAW 11/2003

The scheduled area was reduced in 03/2004 to cover just the Pictish stone - HAW 12/2004

Site visit 8/2004. Electricians lifting part of the floorboards. The current wooden floor level is about c30-40cm above the old ground surface, this looks to be sandy with old woodworking and other debris on it. The W side of the church has raised floor & pews. Checking through an inspection hatch it was possible to see that timber joists are laid on a short, part mortared, wall - the area visible showed suspiciously well dressed stone blocks in the lowest level - HAW 8/2004

Professor George Henderson advises that the RCAHMS reference above to a dedication to St Fiacre is spurious, the church having been confused with one at Nigg in Aberdeenshire. This church has no recorded dedication. <8> <9>

A rapid photographic survey of the church was carried out in 2005 in connection with repairs and renovations. Some details of the fabric of the church became visible with the removal of small areas of harling and these were photographed. See event record (link at the bottom of this record) for photographs and report. <10>

The Listing description was amended on 09/18/2012. <11>


Church, house and farm, Nigg. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG11760.


Untitled Source (Image/Photograph(s)/Aerial Photograph). SHG4233.


Nigg Old Trust, 1998, Nigg Old Church Visitors Information (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2582.


<1> Sir John Sinclair (ed.), 1791-9, The statistical account of Scotland, drawn up from the communications of the ministers of the different parishes, Vol. 8, 17 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2606.


<2> NSA, 1845, The new statistical account of Scotland by the ministers of the respective parishes under the superintendence of a committee of the society for the benefit of the sons and daughters of the clergy, Vol. 14, Ross and Cromarty, 36 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2597.


<3> OPS, 1855, Origines parochiales Scotiae: the antiquities ecclesiastical and territorial of the parishes of Scotland, 454 (Text/Publication/Monograph). SHG342.


<4> MacRae, N, 1923, The romance of a royal burgh: Dingwall's story of a thousand years, 289 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2489.


<5> Hay, G, 1957, The architecture of Scottish post-Reformation churches, 1560-1843, 169, 273 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2307.


<6> Cowan, I B, 1967, The parishes of medieval Scotland, 157 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG367.


<7> RCAHMS, 1979, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The archaeological sites and monuments of Easter Ross, Ross and Cromarty District, Highland Region, 27, No. 231 (Text/Report). SHG2670.


<8> Henderson, I, 2001, "The Cross-Slab at Nigg, Easter Ross" in New Offerings, Ancient Treasures: Studies in Medieval Art for George Henderson, Binski, P and Noel, W (eds), p 144, note 7 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG25229.


<9> Henderson, G, 2011, Letter and photographs from Prof. George Henderson regarding monuments in Nigg churchyard (Text/Correspondence). SHG25230.


<10> John Wood, 04/2006, Watching Brief and Photographic Record: Nigg Old Church (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG22473.


<11> Historic Scotland, 2012, Combined Statutory and Descriptive List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest (Highland Council, One Hundred and Thirty Ninth Amendment) 2012 (Text/Designation Notification/List of Buildings). SHG25982.

Related Monument/Building records

MHG31396Parent of: Graveyard, Nigg Parish Church (Monument)

Related Investigations

EHG1426Watching brief and photographic survey, Nigg Old Church and churchyard

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