MHG42258 - St. Martin's Chapel and Burial Ground, Ulbster


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  • MAUSOLEUM (Undated)

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ND34SW0227 Graveyard
J Aitken : 09/12/02
ND34SW 28 3356 4185 to 335 418.

(ND 3356 4185) Mausoleum (NAT) on site of St Martin's Chapel (NR) OS 1:10,000 map, (1976)

Although RCAHMS (1911) confirms that mausoleum, bearing date '1700', occupies site of St Martin's Chapel, both Oliphant (Macfarlane 1906-8) and Thomson (NSA 1845) maintain that mausoleum is converted remains of chapel.
The Ulbster Stone (ND16NW 13), a cross slab with symbols, originally stood in a corner of churchyard. It is now in Thurso Museum (ND16NW 69.2)
RCAHMS 1911; W Macfarlane 1906-8; NSA (written by C Thomson - 1841) 1845; J Stuart 1856.

The mausoleum is a 6.7m square building, harled and showing signs of recent repair. A weather vane on the top bears the date '1700'. Some of the stones in the building appear to be of very old date and may have come from the chapel. Otherwise, there are no extant remains of the chapel. The burial ground around the mausoleum is still in use.
C E Batey 1981.

There are no indications that the stones of the older chapel are incorporated in the newer building.
C E Batey 1981.

The Mausoleum was visited and photographed by K Hawthorne and N Brockie in early March 2014. The building was described as in an extremely poor condition and in need of attention, the graveyard wall was noted as partly collapsed. A pile of human bones was exposed inside on one of the window cills. <1>

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Grid reference Centred ND 3356 4185 (10m by 10m)
Map sheet ND34SW
Civil Parish WICK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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