Inverkeilor and Lunan Church
Denomination: Church of Scotland
Address: Inverkeilor, Arbroath, DD11 5SA
Local Authority: Angus
Dating from the 17th century. Extensive works were undertaken by James Maclaren in the second half of the nineteenth century. A first phase was carried out in 1862, the date given in the tympanum above the central window of the triplet in the west wall. In 1880 he heightened the walls and remodelled the interior; the slight change of masonry resulting from the heightening of the wall is particularly evident along the north flank. In its final form the church has an irregular arrangement of windows doors and gables along its principal front, to the south.
Apart from the Northesk Aisle at its east end, the main body of the church is a rectangle measuring about 26 by 7.7 metres. Those dimensions would be consistent with a medieval date of origin, though the possibility of the retention of a medieval plan might be deemed less likely on account of the alignment of the church, which runs from north east to south west. However, beneath the west wall is a chamfered base course that appears to make provision for a clasping buttress at the south-west angle, and that thus appears to be medieval in form. On that basis there are grounds for speculating that, despite the unusual alignment, the plan of the main body is nevertheless of medieval origin.
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