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Scottish Medieval Parish Churches: the Evidence from the Dioceses of Dunblane and Dunkeld

  • Richard Fawcett (a1), Richard Oram (a2) and Julian Luxford (a3)

The great majority of Scottish parish churches owe their present appearance to reconstructions carried out from the later eighteenth or nineteenth centuries. It was the view of the authors of this paper, however, that in many cases those reconstructions had been relatively superficial, and that medieval work might have survived under what could, in some cases, be little more than a modern veneer. To test this view, a survey was carried out of all medieval parish sites within the dioceses of Dunblane and Dunkeld. The findings from that survey are summarized in this paper.

La grande majorité des églises paroissiales écossaises doivent leur aspect actuel à des reconstructions effectuées à partir de la fin du dix-huitième siècle ou au dix-neuvième siècle. Les auteurs de cette communication estiment néanmoins que, dans de nombreux cas, ces reconstructions auraient été relativement superficielles, et que l’œuvre médiévale aurait pu survivre sous ce qui n’était peut-être guère, dans certains cas, qu’un vernis moderne. Afin de mettre cette opinion à l’épreuve, fut entreprise une enquête sur tous les sites paroissiaux médiévaux dans les diocèses de Dunblane et de Dunkeld. Le résumé des résultats de cette enquête se trouve dans cette communication.

Die meisten schottischen Pfarrkirchen verdanken ihr Aussehen den Renovierungsarbeiten, die ab dem späten achtzehnten oder neunzehnten Jahrhundert durchgeführt wurden. Der Autor dieser Abhandlung ist allerdings der Meinung, daß diese Restaurationen in vielen Fällen relativ oberflächlich ausgeführt wurden und mittelalterliche Arbeiten under den modernen Fassaden erhalten sind. Um diese These zu testen, wurde eine Bestandsaufnahme aller mittelalterlichen Pfarrkirchen in den Bistümern von Dunblane und Dunkeld durchgeführt. Die Ergebnisse dieser Bestandsaufnahme sind in dieser Abhandlung zusammengefasst.

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