Basic Site Details

Name: Parish Church of St Athernase
Town, district or village: Leuchars
City or county: Fife
Country: Scotland
Status: A Listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Fairlie's full scheme of nave with west tower based on foundations discovered in 1913, designed 1914 but not executed - illustrated plate 10 in Nuttgens

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Leuchars Parish ChurchYes 

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Church  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 111744 AdditionOctagonal tower
Item 2 of 1118121814Repair 
Item 3 of 1118561858 Restoration and rebuilding of nave
Item 4 of 1124 November 1858  Report on completed repairs presented to Presbytery
Item 5 of 1124 June 1898  Report on repairs to chancel and apse considered by Heritors
Item 6 of 1115 July 1898  Decision by Heritors to proceed with scheme
Item 7 of 111890s or 1900s or 1910s  Sketches - for alterations?
Item 8 of 113 May 1913  Report presented to Heritors by Fairlie recommending repair of chancel and apse and chancel to be opened into body of church
Item 9 of 111914  Restoration; proposal for rebuilding Milne's church on the medieval foundations not carried out.
Item 10 of 111922  Font
Item 11 of 111936  Electric lighting


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 11John DouglasArchitectB1744 Octagonal tower
Item 2 of 11Robert BalfourArchitect, MasonF18121814Repairs
Item 3 of 11John MilneArchitectA18561858Restoration and rebuilding of nave
Item 4 of 11(Sir) Robert Stodart LorimerArchitect 1898 Repairs to chancel and apse
Item 5 of 11Gillespie & ScottArchitectural practiceD1890s or 1900s or 1910s Sketches - for alterations?
Item 6 of 11James Ross GillespieArchitectD1890s or 1900s or 1910s Sketches - for alterations?
Item 7 of 11James ScottArchitectD1890s or 1900s or 1910s Sketches - for alterations?
Item 8 of 11Reginald Francis Joseph FairlieArchitectB1914 Restoration; proposal for rebuilding Milne's church on the medieval foundations not carried out.
Item 9 of 11Reginald Francis Joseph FairlieArchitectC1922 Font
Item 10 of 11Gillespie & ScottArchitectural practiceEc. 1936 Electric lighting
Item 11 of 11James ScottArchitectEc. 1936 Electric lighting


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 6Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th editionStates that Contracts are in parish records (per W Murray Jack)
Item 2 of 6Gifford, John1988Fife (The Buildings of Scotland)  p308
Item 3 of 6Nuttgens, Patrick1959Reginald Fairlie 1883-1952: A Scottish Architect Edinburgh: Oliver & Boydpp18 & 19; plate 10
Item 4 of 6Pride, Glen L1999The Kingdom of Fife2nd EditionThe Rutland Pressp115
Item 5 of 6RSA1865   39
Item 6 of 6RSA1919   766

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Architect XCI p61
Item 2 of 2Architect and Builder's Journal7 January 1914XXXIX p18

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 6Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register8842 
Item 2 of 6National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Heritors Records Shows Bryce reported on church but John Milne engaged instead- HR 154/2, 24 October 1856-6 February 1858; HR 154/4, 24 June, 15 July, 1898, 24 May 1913, 19 January, 10 April 1914
Item 3 of 6National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Heritors RecordsHR 154/1, 242/1, 764/1 
Item 4 of 6National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Presbytery Minutes CH 2/1132/9, p329
Item 5 of 6National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Architects Index  
Item 6 of 6St Andrews University LibraryJames Gillespie and Scott Archive Bundles nos 1565, 2489