Basic Site Details

Name: St Kessog's Episcopal Church
Town, district or village: Auchterarder
City or county: Perthshire
Country: Scotland
Status: C listed
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Notes: ST. KESSOG'S CHURCH, AUCHTERARDER, PERTH. - This church, the memorial stone of which has just been laid, is situated in a park of 2.5 acres on the north side of the High-street of Auchterarder. The church consists of a nave, 48 feet by 24 feet, and a chancel, 26 feet by 24 feet, separated by a stone chancel arch, with carved capitals. The porch is at the south- west corner of the nave. and in a niche above the doorway is a statue of St. Kessog. The vestries and organ chamber, with beating chamber underneath, are on the north side of the chancel. The chancel is the same width as the nave, and the roof is, externally, the same height in both, the ridging of red tiles being continuous from one end of tbe building to the other, except over the chancel arch, where it is intersected by the fleche. The fleche is of wood, covered, like the rest of the building, with green slates from Aberfoyle. It rises to a height of 70 feet. Externally and internally the walls are of warm red local stone. the dressings being in white stone from Auchinlea Quarries, near Motherwell. The roofs are of dressed timber, open to the ridge. 35 it. above the floor of the nave. The nave is divided into four bays, and is lighted by groups of double lancets along the sides, and by triple traceried lancets in the west gable. The chancel is divided into two bays. The east window is placed high in the gable so to give space for a reredos over the altar. The altar and reredos are to be of stone, with marble columns, and the panels filled in with sacred subjects in mosaic. The altar is raised above the floor level of the nave by eight steps. On the south side of the sanctuary are placed the stone sedilia, piscina, and credence. The nave will accommodate nearly 200 persons. The architects are Messrs. Ross & Macbeth, of Inverness. Tbe contractors are - Mason: Peter Anderson, Auchterarder; carpenter: James Martin, Auchterarder; slater: R. Gibson, Auchterarder; plumber: James Macleish, Perth; painter and glazier: C Alexander, Perth. [Builder 16 January 1897 p62]

'Planned for all forms of Christian worship'

Built for Reverend Edward Thomas Scott Reid of Auchterarder House, son of James Reid, locomotive builder. He was Dean of Glasgow in 1921, then Bichop of Glasgow. He died in 1938.

East window by Charles Eamer Kempe, made by Powell & Sons. Alexander Neilson of Dundee also involved.

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 224 September 1896 ConsecratedPulpit
Item 2 of 2January 1897 Foundation stonememorial stone laid


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 3Alexander RossArchitectA1897  
Item 2 of 3Robert John MacbethArchitectA1897  
Item 3 of 3Ross & MacbethArchitectural practiceA1897  


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Lye, Margaret2010A Guide to Episcopal Churches in the Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane Margaret Lye/Lulu0112-115
Item 2 of 2Scottish Episcopal Church Yearbook Various years; dates to be checked   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder16 January 1897  p62 - memorial stone laid
Item 2 of 3Builder4 September 1897  p190
Item 3 of 3Builder3 May 1912  Obituary of Macbeth

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register21350