MHG16143 - Old Church burial ground - Applecross


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  • CEMETERY (Early Medieval to 19th Century - 561 AD to 1900 AD)

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Burial ground around the old Applecross (Clachan) Church.

The churchyard and the remains of the C7 monastery (see MHG7685) were Scheduled in 1969.

The Old Parish Church (see MHG7683) and burial ground were listed at category B on 25/03/1971.

Wester Ross Monumental Inscriptions', pre 1855: Monumental inscription survey completed by Alastair G. Beattie & Margaret H. Beattie. The survey may not include inscription information after 1855 and each inscription transcribed does not give the full details that appear on the stones, abbreviations used. Some ommissions and inacuracies may be encountered. First published 1987, reprinted 1991, 1996 & 1997, with corrections. <1>

See file NG74NW0001 (MHG7685) for detailed history of the site and discussions of the extent and boundaries of the graveyard. <2>

Still maintained as a graveyard, surrounding the C19 chapel and the remains of the older church, although it should be noted that the earlier graves lie on a different alignment to the building. <3>

The ruined chapel in this burial ground is briefly discussed in a conservation report prepared by Andrew P K Wright for the main church (see MHG7683). <4> <5>

The burial ground at Applecross was visited during the Highland Kirkyards project, run by Highland Buildings Preservation Trust. Early 19th century church in use within historic burial ground containing ruined medieval chapel subsequently converted to burial enclosure. The more recent burials are to the west of the church, whilst the older gravestones are found to the east near the chapel structure. There are flat slabs underfoot, table-tops and predominantly, upright gravestones. There are also a couple of unusual iron gravestones. <6>

The existing gravestones were recorded during an Applecross Historical Society community project (The Clachan graveyard mapping project), which completed the survey and the production of an interactive website in 2013. <7> See link for details.

Following a site visit and assessment by Historic Environment Scotland in 2016-17 as part of the Dual Designations project, it was considered that the early Christian monastery, the cross-slab and the small roofless chapel were of national importance and would remain scheduled and would be excluded from the listed building designation. In addition, all the other memorials and the Old Parish Church were considered to be of special architectural or historic interest and would remain listed at category B. They would also be excluded from the scheduled monument. <8>

The listing and Scheduling were amended on 29/05/2017. <9>

GIS spatial data amended in 2018 according to OS MasterMap. <10>

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Grid reference Centred NG 7135 4584 (120m by 119m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG74NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY

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