Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 54725 48398
354725, 848398


1807. Internal re-modelling and re-fitting, A and W Reid, Elgin, 1872.

Rectangular church, pinned dark whinstone front, heavily pointed rubble flanks, contrasting tooled pale grey

Avochie granite dressings. Round-headed, keystoned entrance in E gable (probably similar W entrance blocked by later vestry); 4 large regular round-headed windows light long S elevation, keystoned and with blocked imposts; similar smaller gallery windows in E and W gable, each with keystoned oculus above. Margined horizontal-pane glazing. Bellcote at W gable apex, ball finial at E; local slate roof.

Single storey vestry at W gable.

Blocked 1st floor gallery entrance at rear below which is re-used and re-set door surround from earlier church with

curved step on which stands substantial stone (?) font.

Moulded, round-headed doorpiece with large keystone with carved 'winged soul'; carved detailing to base of jambs.

INTERIOR: remodelled on traditional lay-out with rectangular pulpit in centre of S wall and 5-sided gallery with

panelled and arcaded front. Fragment of carved stone (possibly a pediment) dated 1672 and with carved star,

stands in entrance porch.

BURIAL GROUND: rubble walled burial ground coped at E to roadway with cast-iron railings. 18th, 19th and subsequent tombstones including substantial memorial to former Minister, died 1826, and to Alexander Duff of Mayen (early 19th century).

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such.

Plaque at rear of church inscribed 'This doorway, a feature of Rothiemay Castle for two centuries until placed here in 1959, is believed to be the entrance of the ancient parish church which was built on the site of St Drostan's Chapel and demolished 1752'. St Drostan's Chapel sited in field below present Rothiemay House.



Groome's ORDNANCE GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND vi (1885), p.280.


CHURCHES 1560-1843 (1957), p. 251. Elgin Library, DAW

P1159/1-14 (1872).

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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