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Muthill, Old Parish Church

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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    MUTHILL OLD CHURCH, TOWER AND GRAVEYARD
  • Canmore ID
    25308
  • Site type
    CHURCH, CROSS SLAB
  • Parish
    MUTHILL
  • Council
    PERTHSHIRE
  • NGR
    NN 86787 17072
  • Latitude, longitude
    56.332443N, 3.832656W
  • Archeological notes
    NN81NE 3.00 86787 17072 NN81NE 3.01 NN 8679 1704 archway NN81NE 3.02 NN 86799 17058 Burial-ground NN 8679 1706 Church (NR). OS 6" map, (1958) An important medieval parish church now in ruins. At its west end, embedded in the nave, is a tall Norman tower once free-standing, which partakes somewhat of a Celtic character. The nave and chancel belong mostly to the early 15th century. In the care of the MoW. There was a Culdee settlement here. (But see NN81NE4). V G Childe and W D Simpson 1961. 'Muthill Old Church' (Information from MoW plaque). The church, abandoned in 1818, has an aisled nave and chancel with an earlier tower embedded in the west end of the nave. The nave and chancel were built in the earlier 15th century, possibly by Michael Ochiltree, Dean of Dunblane (some fragments may be earlier). The tower is the most important feature of the monument; it dates from the 12th century and is one of a small related group in Central Scotland. The others are preserved at Dunning, Dunblane, Markinch and St Andrews. Visited by OS (R D) 19 May 1967. Muthill (Dunblane) was granted to Lindores by Malise, son of Earl Ferteth of Strathearn (1195x99); the church was confirmed to the abbey by Pope Innocent III in 1199. Litigation broke out almost immediately between the bishop of Dunblane and the abbey, the former claiming the church as pertaining to his mense and the ensuing composition made by William, bishop of St Andrews (1211 x 14) was mainly in favour of the bishop, whose successors retained the parsonage, with one quarter of the vicarage, which may have been acquired as a result of a Papal bull of 1237. The residual fruits of the vicarage had been annexed as a prebend to the sub-chantership of Dunblane by the mid-fifteenth century. I B Cowan 1967
  • Architectural notes
    Plans: Watercolour drawing for restoration of church by James Gillespie (Graham), dated 1824, preserved in Episcopal Church, Crieff. Shows design for Romanesque nave added to existing West Tower. Choir was to be demolished. Ross sketch books MS 28/463/1/34 - 1 drawing tower & ailes. NMRS REFERENCE NMRS Printroom W Schomberg Scott Photograph Collection Acc no 1997/39 View of the Tower.

Related material information

PHOTOGRAPHS

  • 25308 (8/1993)
    View of face of cross slab from Muthill Old Parish Church.
  • 25308 (10/1974)
    Oblique aerial view of Muthil, taken from the N
  • 25308 (1890)
    View from South-East.
  • 25308 (1970)
    General view through archway of Old Church ruin, Muthill Old Parish Church burial ground.
  • 25308 (1970)
    Detail of C19? headstone "erected by John Cairns", Muthill Old Parish Church burial ground.
  • 25308 (1970)
    Detail of headstone to Edward Bayne 1794 with farming implements, skull and crossbones, Muthill Old Parish Church burial ground.
  • 25308 (1987)
    Detail of gravestone, Patrick McClaren dated 1758.
  • 25308 ()
    Detail of gravestone, John White dated 1795.
  • 25308 ()
    Detail of gravestone, Edward Bayne dated 1794.
  • 25308 (1984)
    Detail of gravestone, William Sharp dated 1840.
  • 25308 (1984)
    View of gravestone, James Bennet dated 1800.
  • 25308 ()
    Muthill Old Parish Church. Gravestone commemorating Helen Bayne, d.1782.
  • 25308 ()
    Muthill Old Parish Church. Gravestone commemorating Edward Bayne, d.1794.
  • 25308 (1979)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 25308 (1979)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 25308 (1979)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 25308 (1979)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 25308 (1979)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 25308 (1993)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 25308 (1993)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 25308 (1993)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 25308 (1993)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 25308 (1993)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 25308 (1993)
    Oblique aerial view.
  • 25308 (1904)
    View of ruin and tower from graveyard.
  • 25308 ()
    Photographic copy of drawings showing general views.
  • 25308 ()
    photographic copy of two drawings showing general views.
  • 25308 (29/5/2003)
    View of church ruins from W showing graveyard
  • 25308 (29/5/2003)
    View of church ruins from W showing graveyard
  • 25308 (20/2/1952)
    View of stone effigies lying against North wall of chancel.
  • 25308 (20/2/1952)
    View of chancel from South-West.
  • 25308 (20/2/1952)
    General view from South-East.
  • 25308 (20/2/1952)
    General view from North-East.
  • 25308 (20/2/1952)
    View of head of monument/stone carved fragment lying in chancel.
  • 25308 (20/2/1952)
    Interior view of South aisle from East.
  • 25308 (20/2/1952)
    View of nave from South-East showing chancel arch.
  • 25308 (20/2/1952)
    View of chancel arch and remains of chancel from South-East.
  • 25308 (20/2/1952)
    View from South-West.
  • 25308 (20/2/1952)
    View from South.
  • 25308 ()
    General view.
  • 25308 ()
    General view.
  • 25308 ()
    General view.
  • 25308 ()
    Photographic copy of drawing. Insc: 'Fig 164 - Muthill Church. View of Tower from North-West'.
  • 25308 ()
    General view ruin with tower.
  • 25308 (7/1975)
    View of piscina located below Burdon Tombstone.
  • 25308 (7/1975)
    View of piscina found in churchyard.
  • 25308 (7/1975)
    View of piscina found in churchyard.
  • 25308 (7/1975)
    Detail of cross slab.
  • 25308 (1910)
    View of church tower.
  • 25308 (7/1975)
    View of carved head and weather vane dated 1720.
  • 25308 (7/1975)
    Detail of piscina found in churchyard.
  • 25308 (7/1975)
    Detail of piscina found in churchyard.
  • 25308 (1929)
    General view.

SCANNED IMAGES

  • 25308 ()
    Scanned image of Muthill Old Parish Church.
  • 1322770 ()
    Photographic copy of drawings showing general views.
  • 1322768 ()
    photographic copy of two drawings showing general views.
  • 1266188 (1929)
    General view.
  • 1174645 (20/2/1952)
    View from South-West.
  • 1174644 (20/2/1952)
    View from South.
  • 1029176 (29/5/2003)
    View of church ruins from W showing graveyard
  • 589752 ()
    Muthill Old Parish Church. Gravestone commemorating Edward Bayne, d.1794.
  • 589751 ()
    Muthill Old Parish Church. Gravestone commemorating Helen Bayne, d.1782.
  • 1132300 (8/2004)
    Plan; Detail of string course and profile of plinth courses
  • 1109045 (2/2005)
    Scanned ink drawing of incised cross-slab located in church tower.

MANUSCRIPTS

  • 25308 ()
    Folder containing photographs and research notes on Perthshire gravestones (Vol. 3).
  • 25308 ()
    Dunkeld Cathedral. Index of Early Chapel and Church Sites no. 42

PRINT ROOM

  • 25308 (1950)
    Photographic view of tower.
  • 25308 ()
    Ground Plan and Various Details
  • 25308 ()
    Engraving of church & graveyard.
  • 25308 (1860)
    Stereo-print showing general view.
  • 25308 (1870)
    Historic photographic view. Insc: 'Old Parish Church Muthill 2160 G W W'.

LIBRARY

  • 25308 ()
    Record Sheet.
  • 25308 ()
    Record Sheet.
  • 25308 (28/2/1977)
    Record Sheet.
  • 25308 (20/11/1977)
    Newscutting of article titled: 'McRobbie Slab Gets A Home At Last' The Strathearn Herald.

PRINTS AND DRAWINGS

  • 25308 (8/2004)
    Plan; Detail of string course and profile of plinth courses
  • 25308 (2/2005)
    Ink drawing of incised cross-slab located in church tower.
  • 25308 (25/8/2004)
    Pencil survey drawing of incised cross-slab located in church tower.

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Perthshire, Sheet CVII1863-64

1st edition 25-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Perth and Clackmannan, Sheet 107.071863