Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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NJ 58681 58302
358681, 858302


Dated 1844, remodelled probably 1903 by Duncan MacMillan. Rectangular plan church, orientated N-S, with 2-stage tower adjoining to SE, vestry to NW. Harled with ashlar dressings; buttresses, hoodmoulds, eaves course, parapet.


S ELEVATION: adjoined to SE corner; pointed-arch doorway to S with 2-leaf boarded door, hoodmould extending as string and cill course around tower. 3-light pointed-arch window above, date plaque reading "United Free Church, 1844, 1903", and tall louvred pointed-arch windows to belfry.

E ELEVATION: 2-light window at ground, (louvred window to belfry).

Cornice with water spouts, coped battlemented parapet around pyramidal slated roof with weathervane.


S ELEVATION: 3-light, stepped window with hoodmould, round panel with quatrefoil relief to gablehead, apex finial. Tower balanced at SW corner by large angle buttress with string courses and gablet cap.

W ELEVATION: 3-bays, divided by ashlar set-off buttresses; 3-light, cusped pointed-arch window to each bay. Lower, single storey vestry adjoining to N with round-arched doorway and window, finial to gable.

E ELEVATION: tower to S, 2 bays to N as above.

N ELEVATION: 2 tall, round-arched windows.

Small-pane, leaded stained glass to windows. Grey slates, ashlar coped skews, stack to vestry.

RETAINING WALL AND GATEPIERS: rubble coped wall, panelled ashlar gatepiers to S with pyramidal caps.

INTERIOR: remodelled by D MacMillan, circa 1890. Raked S-N, matchboarded to dado, stencilling above and around windows. Ribbed ceiling with stencilling. Stained glass to S presented by Rev G Macdonald and Family.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such, the church was built as the Free Church, becoming the United Free Church in 1903 and is now the parish church of the established church. The parish is now joined with Boyndie. D MacMillan was the architect of the Hay Memorial Hall, Cornhill, 1893, to the SW (listed separately), and built the UP Church in Aberchirder Burgh.



F Groome ORDNANCE GAZETTEER (1892) p5.

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