Achnaba Kirk

The Kirk have created a lovely website with history and information about their current events.
http://www.ardchattanchurch.org.uk
Built in 1836
Closed for worship - 28 Jan 2019
This building has always been open for visitors but will now be locked. The key is available by arrangement.

Category B listed building http://portal.historicenvironment.scot/designation/LB4712
Canmore catalogue entry https://canmore.org.uk/site/141079/ardchattan-parish-church

Nov 2018 - https://www.obantimes.co.uk/2018/10/25/lack-of-funds-forces-likely-closure-of-ardchattan-church/ 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
1836
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 https://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/benderloch/ardchattankirk/index.html

Images of the church by J M Briscoe 2013
http://flickeflu.com/set/72157635218506502

Does anyone have a copy of the Ardchattan Monumental Inscriptions they could share with the Archive ? .. there are 600 included in https://scottish-monumental-inscriptions.com/products/ardchattan-kirk-argyll

Gravestones / Memorial Inscriptions at Achnaba (which includes some more modern ones): https://plus.google.com/photos/108417002190887820536/albums/5557539599272258737

Find a Grave Ardchattan https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GScid=2516718

achnaba-profile.jpgSCOTTISH RECORD OFFICE
1830
GD 170/514/3 The Burial Aisle and Mausoleum.
Specification for finishing the aisle belonging to Barcaldine and building a mausoleum for the family of Barcaldine.
John Drummon and James Lawson, masons.
1832
GD 170/519/6
Specification for finishing the Heritors' Minister's and Elders' rooms adjoining the Church proposed to be built according to John Thom's plan.
1830
GD 170/2367/11 Proposal to build a new church at a more convenient place and repair the existing church at Ardchattan.
Letter from Col. Robert Campbell of Ardchattan.
He agrees to the proposal although he regrets the move.
1832
GD 170/519/3 Estimate for building Ardchattan Church [according to John Thom's plan.]
It amounts to (pounds) 972.4.1
1833
GD 170/2431/1 The new Church.
Andrew Elliot writes that he is disappointed with the money he has received for his labour at Ardchattan Church.
Letter to Sir Donald Campbell of Barcaldine.
1830
GD 170/2314/26/1 and 2 [Cross ref. GD 170/249] The Church
Letters suggesting that the old church might be repaired and a new church built in the most populous part of the parish, along with a new manse.
General Duncan Campbell proposes that the plan should be put to the heritors.
1832
GD 170/519/4 Specification for building the new church.
According to a plan submitted by John Thom.
1821
GD 170/2451/3 and 4 The Mausoleum.

Letters from James Gillespie Graham. He is sending plan, elevations and a working drawing. The Arms are to be cut in Edinburgh so the mason must leave room for them.


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