St Mary

Built by the 14th Lord Lovat in 1826, altered in 1881 by Peter Paul Pugin and is reputedly the first Roman Catholic Church to have been built in Scotland post Reformation.

Eskadale, Highland

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St Mary's Eskadale is described as being ‘of the highest significance socially and historically (through the connections with the Lovat Frasers and the Sobieski Stuarts) and the confident demonstration of belief in the Roman Catholic faith in the early 19th century.

A neomedieval tomb recess on the north side of the chancel commemorates Thomas Alexander, Lord Lovat, d.1875, and his wife Charlotte Georgina, d1876. In the burial ground there are fine monuments to John Sobieski Stuart and his brother Charles Edward Stuart.

  • Wildlife haven

  • Social heritage stories

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Non-accessible toilets in church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Car park at church

  • Roman Catholic Church

  • Cornerstone Grant, £20,000, 2019

  • Our Cornerstone Grants fund urgent repairs and essential community facilities such as toilets and kitchens to help keep churches open.

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