History - Mid 19th Century - Present Day

Early in 1837, William Robertson, the Inverness architect, after preparing a detailed list of specifications, suggested that work on the plain design should start as soon as possible, because a ship with well-seasoned foreign timber had arrived in Inverness, and it would be advisable to have the pick of the cargo before another proposed church in Inverness took first choice.

As work continued towards the end of 1837, the architect, with the agreement of the minister, Rev. J D Smith, ceased building until the following season in 1838. The architect suggested that during this period the parishioners could have the use of the old church.

On 12th October 1838, a meeting of the heritors was held at Drumnadrochit. The architect stated, ‘The new church for the Parish of Urquhart, being now completed, I have this day minutely inspected the works generally, and from the final inspection made by me during the progress of the work, I have to report that the same is executed in every way substantially and in conformity to the plans and specifications.’

The total expense of building the church, plus some incidental repairs to the manse, was £1626. This provided 1222 feet of seating excluding elders' seats, while 204 feet were allocated for free seating. Corrimony requested the whole of the South Gallery, but was only allowed ninety-six feet.

Over the years various repairs and improvements have been carried out. A new heating system was installed in the 1860s. During the communion of 28th February 1893, the stovepipe which ran through the gallery and roof caused the woodwork to smoulder, and only prompt action by some of those present saved the building from more serious damage. Many years later electric heating was installed.

In recent years there have been improvements inside the building and a new manse and church hall have been built adjacent. The standard of care and maintenance is of a high order and it could be said that the present church building is in as good as, or even better condition, than when newly built.

Early 19th Century