Arbirlot Free Church

National Grid Reference (NGR): NO 60120 40620, map


DD11 2NY


Arbirlot Free Church was built just after the 1843 Disruption when the Free Church broke away from the Established Church. It was built close to the existing parish church in the centre of the small village of Arbirlot in the heart of Angus. It stands just to the east of a stream and just to the north of the parish church manse. The church itself is set back from the road, leaving a large area in front used today for car parking. The church is no longer a place of worship but is now a community hall, used mostly by Arbirlot Parish Church.

Description (exterior)

It was built of red sandstone blocks with ashlar surrounds and dressings. The steeply-pitched roof is slated. There is a porch and small extension to the north and attached to the south is a ruined cottage-like building, possibly an old vestry.


The east gable has a small flat-headed double-doorway, located centrally in the advanced section of the gable. Above are two large pointed-arch lancet windows. Below the gablehead is a small blind trefoil window. There are gabled corner buttresses on all elevations of the church, along with a substantial stringcourse.


The side elevations have pairs of lancet windows, divided by buttresses. The stringcourse effectively forms the sill course of the windows. The south elevation has a gabled porch with a slightly recessed pointed-arch doorway. Its door is studded and has decorative metal hinges. There is a small hoodmould above the doorway, with carved stops. Attached to the porch is a small, flat-topped and rendered extension with plain rectangular windows. The north gable has a group of three lancet windows.

Description (interior)

The former church has had its pews removed to make it into a hall space. It is used by the church and community for a variety of events. The interior remains in good condition


  • Church: Build/construction (1854)

Archive References:

Canmore - Online database View Canmore Report Online: NO64SW 159
Scottish Church Heritage Research Archive - Offline databaseReference: 9772
Canmore - Online database View Canmore Report Online: 192839

Bibliographic References:

Angus or Forfarshire: The Land and People, Descriptive and HistoricalA J Warden1880-5Vol. 2, p365