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Date Added
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NJ 79302 62706
379302, 862706


William Robertson, Elgin, 1829-30. Large rectangular church with 4-bay S elevation. Harled, ashlar margins and dressings.

4 substantial shallow Tudor arched windows light S elevation, with moulded wooden transom and mullion and pointed-headed detailing to upper lights; multi-pane glazing. 2 similar windows in centre of rear elevation, flanked by similar blocked window recesses (at left with small later vestry window in base). Small Tudor arched 2-light gallery window in each gable; multi-pane glazing.

Projecting gabled porch at E and W gables, each with window. Finialled bellcote with Gothic detailing at W gable apex; later 19th century cast-iron weathervane at E.

Small single storey wing projects at rear.

INTERIOR: well lit galleried interior; 5-sided gallery with panelled front supported by cluster columns; demi-octagonal pulpit without sounding board. Shaped fanlights with Gothic intersecting glazing above each main entrance door. Some later partitioning of interior below gallery to form vestry and meeting room.

BURIAL GROUND: large rubble walled burial ground. Main entrance flanked by plain square tooled ashlar gatepiers with shallow pyramidal caps. Low coped flanking quadrants with decorative cast-iron railings of circa 1900. Matching pair carriage gates.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such. Similar church at Kilmore, Drumnadochit, Inverness-shire (Urquhart and Glenmoriston parish) also designed by William Robertson in 1836, re-using the Gamrie plans though with a different interior lay-out (SRO GD248/3375/3).

The blocked windows in the rear outer bays were probably so designed for use should a rear aisle be added at a later date. This was discussed by Presbytery in 1826, when a new church was being planned to replace the old St John's Church near Gardenstown.




Scottish Record Office CH2/1120/7/p.107 (10 April, 1829).

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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