Achnaba Kirk

The Kirk have created a lovely website with history and information about their current events.

Nov 2018 - Threat of closure to Achnaba church due to lack of funds
‘The Ardchattan Kirk Session has asked Argyll presbytery for permission to sell Ardchattan Church and their request is currently under consideration. The Kirk Session has decided that the congregation’s other building, St Modan’s Church in Benderloch, would best serve their long-term vision and needs,’ added the spokesperson. Ardchattan kirk, built in 1836, serves the communities of Benderloch, Bonawe, Barcaldine, North Connel and surrounding areas.

Minsters of Ardchattan Parish from 1639

  • Rev. John McIlvery 1639 - 1640
  • Rev. Archibald McCalman 1641 - 1654
  • Rev. Colin Campbell 1667 - 1726
  • REv. Archibald Bannatyne 1730 - 1731
  • Rev. James Stevenson 1732 - 1751
  • Rev. Ludovick Grant 1756 - 1795
  • Rev. George Campbell 1796 - 1817
  • Rev. Hugh Fraser 1817 - 1843
  • Rev. Donald MacCalman 1844 - 1873
  • Rev. Hugh MacLachlan 1874 - 1903
  • Rev. John Archie MacCormick 1903 - 1923
  • Rev. Alexander MacDonald 1926 - 1955
  • Rev. Norman MacDonald 1956 - 1984
  • Rev. Jeff McCormick 1984 - 2018
First worship in the new kirk on Sunday 17 September

The Land was donated by General Campbell of Lochnell, and the building had cost the local heritors £1,100 to build, from granite and sandstone quarried locally.
When completed it would hold 430 parishionners.
There is a session room, a ministers room, as well as 2 for local heritors, including Lochnell.
The long central communion table is a rare feature in current kirks in Scotland, the place where those who could not afford to rent a pew would have to sit.
The kirk has changed little since.. more details from

Images of the church by J M Briscoe 2013

Does anyone have a copy of the Ardchattan Monumental Inscriptions they could share with the Archive ? .. there are 600 included in

Gravestones / Memorial Inscriptions at Achnaba (which includes some more modern ones):

Find a Grave Ardchattan


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