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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


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  • Category: B
  • Date Added: 04/11/1971


  • Local Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
  • Planning Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish: Balmaghie

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNX 72277 66318
  • Coordinates272277, 566318


Dated 1794; 1891-4 porch and vestry, internal alterations

by Peddie and Kinnear. 1893 level of tower lowered and

re-roofed, James Barbour architect. T-plan church with

octagonal tower to centre of long side (S). Painted rubble;

polished red sandstone margins to all openings - probably all

of late 19th century date; pointed arch windows, some with


Lean-to porch to SW gives access to church. S elevation 5-bay

with Y-tracery to outer bays, lancet inner bays and central

octagonal tower with pointed arch door with eliptical

datestone above inscribed MDCCXCIV, restored 1894 and 1913.

Band-course over ground stage. Pointed-arch louvred under

over door. Octagonal slate roof with tall weathervane.

INTERIOR: remodelled 20th-century, panel-fronted galleries to

E and W jambs. Central pulpit with carved reredos, 2 stained

glass lancets. Modern timber-lined coved ceiling.

CHURCHYARD: rubble walled churchyard around church. Mainly

late 18th or 19th century gravestones.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such. Canmore notes that the church was built in 1794 on the site of a previous place of worship and it was restored in 1894 and 1913. The earlier place of worship belonged to the Priory of Iona but by the time of the Reformation was owned by the Abbey of Holyrood. Canmore explains that a fragment of the previous church is now part of the east gate.

Listed building record updated in 2014.



Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland: CANMORE ID 64591.

Old Statistical Account (1791-99) Balmaghie, Country of Kirkcudbright. Vol 13. p.650

Dumfries and Galloway Standard (11 January 1893) p.7c.

Reid, H M B (1895) The kirk above Dee Water. Castle Douglas: Adam Rae. pp. 17-18.

Scott, H et al (eds.) (1917) Fasti ecclesiae Scoticanae: the succession of ministers in the Church of Scotland from the Reformation. Vol. 3 Edinburgh : Oliver and Boyd. p.391

The National Archives of Scotland. Drawings of Balmaghie Church RHP 43972, 43973 and 43974.

Dictionary of Scottish Architects, Balmaghie Parish Church at (accessed 19/09/2014).

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Listed Buildings

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