Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 34589 58853
334589, 858853


Probably 1838, and probably William Robertson, architect,

incorporating earlier core. 2-storey, 4-bay W facing house.

Modern harl, tooled ashlar dressings. Off-centre hood-moulded

recessed entrance in slightly advanced gabled bay; 1st floor

front windows break wallhead under pronounced gablets; later

painted wooden oriel in 1st floor S gable; ground and 1st

floor windows in N (Castle Street) return elevation. 8-pane

horizontal glazing except in oriel which has 3-pane


Ashlar base course; rear gabled stairwell; coped end and

shaped rear wallhead stacks; Banffshire slate roof.

REAR WALLS: walled rear enclosure, mainly rubble but with

some brick replacement.

STABLES: William Robertson, probably 1838. Single storey and

loft range, rubble, partially harled. Centre wallhead gable

with window; multi-pane glazing; Banffshire slate roof.

Statement of Special Interest

St Margaret's is almosts certainly 'the house formerly

occupied by the Episcopal Clergyman in Fochabers' remodelled

in 1838 at cost of $900. It appears to incorporate an earlier

dwelling (which is on 1825 plan of Fochabers); the stable

block does not appear on this 1825 plan and may be the

2-stalled stable, coach-house cow-house' mentioned in

prospectus of circa 1850 issued for sale of property of which

RHP 31774 is undated drawing (probably 1838) by William

Robertson, architect, Elgin.




CHAPEL, FOCHABERS (1984), p 14. Scottish Record Office

GD/44/38/86 and RHP 13300 (1825) and RHP 31774.

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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 1997 Act. 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 subsequent legislation.

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