Listed Building

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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 93438 66285
393438, 866285


A.Marshall Mackenzie, 1890 incorporating Forbes loft of 1634

(from old church). Tall cruciform Gothic church with shallow

canted apse at E gable. Pale squared granite with dark

pinnings (Aberdeen bonding), tooled granite dressings.

Gable entrance porch projects at SW with double-leaf door and

ornate cast-iron hinges. Intersecting Y-traceried windows

light 3-bay nave, N and S aisle windows with simple Y-tracery

in gables; cusped lancets in apse; tall, paired 2-light

windows in W gable. Bellcote at W gable apex capped by

slender miniature spire with clasping slender pinnacles and

cast-iron decorative weathervane; re-hung 1798 bell.

Lattice-pane glazing. Steeply pitched slate roofs.

INTERIOR: simple lofty interior with barrel vaulted timber

roof. S aisle houses profusely carved and dated 1634 Forbes

loft; richly carved front under equally richly carved and

crested canopy with carved cartouche and spiked ball finials

supported by slender Ionic columns; with panelled interior

and cusped and pendant details. Richly carved doorpiece with

flanking screen. S aisle panelled ceiling incorporates

re-used pendants and other carved fragments and panels; raked


PULPIT: simple 1890 wooden pulpit on a pedestal approached by

staircase with turned balusters; facets of pulpit incorporate

re-used 17th century carved wooden panels, one dated 1634,

another initialled MT.

WAR MEMORIAL: carved and inscribed wooden panel in style of

A.Marshall Mackenzie. Cornice supports kneeling angels with

inscribed scroll stretched between them.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such.

Forbes loft built in 1634 (dated) and installed in 1634 S

aisle of 1632 church by Sir Alexander Forbes of Pitsligo

(afterwards Lord Pitsligo) and his wife Jane Keith whose

monograms and crests are carved on loft.

Listed at A for quality of interior fittings.




OF SCOTLAND v (1892), pp.178-181 (illustrations of Forbes


POST-REFORMATION CHURCHES (1560-1843), pp.168, 191, 193, 198,

pl.33. Office papers A. Marshall Mackenzie and Marr, per John

G Marr, FRIBA.

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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