Dalmeny Church

(St Cuthbert's Parish Church)

St Cuthbert's Parish Church in Dalmeny is the best preserved Norman church in Scotland. This 12th Century building consisted of a tower in the west, an aisleless nave, narrower chancel and still narrower apse. The west tower was removed at some point, but rebuilt in 1937 as part of a major restoration of the church. The Rosebery Aisle was added in 1671, after the Primrose family had bought the estate and church in 1662. The fine Romanesque south door-way in the nave is remarkable in the detail of its carving.

Inside, there are open-timber ceilings and the chancel and apse have fine ribbed vaults. A large carved stone coffins may have been for the benefactor or owner of the estate. In a vault beneath the church lie the Earls of Rosebery and their family.

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