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Dunrossness Kirk

A grey-harled rectangular church, with a small porch and bellcote on its eastern gable, and another porch to the west, Dunrossness Kirk lies just to the west of the A970 road and Dunrossness Post Office. Built in 1790 to replace the old Cross Kirk at Quendale, which was a Mediaeval foundation and later demolished. The interior features simple pine furniture, with a semi-octagonal pulpit in the middle of the south wall. The church was B-listed in 1977. The bell came from Sumburgh Head Lighthouse in 1906, where it had been used as a fog signal. The bell had been presented to the lighthouse by the parents of Captain Thomas Leslie, Master of the Royal Victoria which foundered off Shetland on 19th January 1864, while sailing from Liverpool to Calcutta with a cargo of coal. Captain Leslie and five of his crew lie buried in the large cemetery which surrounds the church. The kirkyard also contains a memorial to Berry Mouat (1825 - 1918), remembered for her remarkable, but unplanned, solo trip across the North Sea. Dunrossness Kirk is now run jointly with that as Sandwick and served by a single minister.


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