Basic Site Details

Name: St Lesmo's Chapel
Town, district or village: Glentanar/Glen Tanar
City or county: Aberdeenshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Church consecrated 1871

There were the ruins here of a small lairdís house, with an ancient archway. The latter was left intact, the old walls covered in, and now we find a charming little church. The roof, seats, choir seats and pulpit are all rustic pine, from the forest. Between the rafters the roof isí powderedí with lead stars, gilt and with a small mirror in the middle of each; the floor is granite, a granite font, - the most simple one we ever saw, - and all the windows, which are very small, are filled with ornamental glass. [Aberdeen Journal/Builder 19 September 1874 p791-792]

Additional information from interview by Alastair Conners with Mrs Isobel (nee Gordon) Adams, Broughty Ferry

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 4   Memorial plaque
Item 2 of 418691871 Original building
Item 3 of 41934 or 1937(?)  New organ. Tower to north-west
Item 4 of 41940 AdditionMonument to Grethe Dagbjort, Lady Glentanar


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 5(Sir) Robert Stodart LorimerArchitect   Memorial plaque - date unknown
Item 2 of 5George TruefittArchitect 18691871 
Item 3 of 5A Marshall Mackenzie & SonArchitectural practiceA1934 or 1937 Tower to north-west
Item 4 of 5Alexander George Robertson MackenzieArchitectA1934 or 1937  
Item 5 of 5Alexander George Robertson MackenzieArchitectH1940 Monument to Grethe Dagbjort, Lady Glentanar


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Geddes, Jane2001Deeside and the Mearns: An Illustrated Architectural Guide Edinburgh: RIAS/Rutland Pressp129
Item 2 of 3Mawson, Thomas H1927The Life and Works of an English Landscape Architect  p46 onwards
Item 3 of 3Sharples, J, Walker, D W and Woodworth, M2015The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire South and Aberdeen London and New Haven: Yale University Pressp514

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder19 September 1874  pp791-792 Reprinted from Aberdeen Journal

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register44 
Item 2 of 2National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSLorimer and Matthew Collection LOR UND/172