MHG5317 - Cill Chriosd - Kilchrist, Skye


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  • CHURCH (Medieval to 19th Century - 1058 AD to 1900 AD)

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(NG 6171 2068) Cill Chriosd (NR) (In Ruins)
OS 6"map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1903)

Kilchrist Church, dating probably from the late 16th- early 17th century measures 52ft 9ins by 17ft 6ins internally, the main axis varying 30 from due E-W. There are no openings in the N and W walls. The side walls, 8ft high, are 2ft 3ins and the gables 2ft 10ins in thickness.
The church is entered by a doorway with splayed jambs and check and square sconsions in the S wall, in which there are three windows, with check and inward splay. A similar window, now built up, is in the E. gable.
There was in 1505 a presentation of Kenneth ("Kensoch") Adamson, chaplain to the rectory and vicarage of 'Kilchrist in Askimilruby …. In Strasuordale", vacant by the death of the last possessor, "John MacGillebredison". In 1508 John Ronaldson was presented to "the rectory of the parish church of Strath called Cristis Kirk, vacant by the death of the late rector John Johnson" (RCAHMS 1928).
About 1840 a new church was built at Broadford (OPS 1854). Lying in the churchyard is an armorial stone.
Another fragment in the churchyard, crude in execution, appears to be the necking and lower arms of a cross. The lower portion is carved with two animals in relief. The reverse is plain.
There is also a recumbent slab of slate containing a foliated cross. The dexter side of the cross is well preserved, but the greater part of the other side has been entirely worn away (RCAHMS 1928).
RCAHMS 1928; Orig Paroch Scot 1854; Reg Sec Sig Reg Scot 1908.

Cill Chriosd: as described by RCAHMS and ruinous. The armorial stones, etc. were not seen.
Visited by OS (A C) 17 April 1961.

The church and burial ground were listed at Category C in 1971.

The church and burial ground were Scheduled in 1995.

The site was reviewed by Historic Scotland in 2017 as part of the Dual Designation Project. The site was not visited but it was recommended that the site be delisted and that it remain remain Scheduled. <1>

The site was delisted in 2017. <2>

GIS spatial data amended according to OS MasterMap in 2018. <3>

See also:
NG62SW0019 Burial ground; cross slab; cross, fragment; graveslabs
Jhooper, 6/12/2001

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Grid reference Centred NG 6170 2069 (25m by 18m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG62SW
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish STRATH

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