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Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 22/02/1972


  • Local Authority: Moray
  • Planning Authority: Moray
  • Parish: Deskford

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NJ 50885 61660
  • Coordinates: 350885, 861660


Roofless rubble rectangular church orientated to E; entrance

in centre of W gable and further entrances and windows,

some of 17th or early 18th century date, in S elevation.

Bellcote at W gable.

Sacrament house dated 1551 at extreme E end of N wall

rising full-height of wall, depicting pair of angels

displaying monstrance above small square aumbry enclosed

in ogee-headed carved moulding with inscription below, the

outer border carved in raised grapevine design. Mural

memorial dated 1658 and 2 mural tombstones dated 1613 and

1717; also 2 ogee-headed piscinae.

Coped rubble walled burial ground with 18th, 19th and 20th

century tombstones. Paired square ashlar piers flank N

entrance with moulded flat caps; pair simple cast-iron

spearhead gates.

Statement of Special Interest

Guardianship Monument. Church declared 'rather small' in 1836, and superseded by present parish church in 1871. Richly decorated sacrament house amongst the finest of its kind. It bears the arms of Alexander Ogilvie and Elizabeth Gordon with the inscription 'This pnt (present) lovable vark (work) of sacrement hous maid to honor and loving of God be ane noble man Alexander Ogilvie of that IIk and Elizabeth Gordon his spovs the year of God 1551'. Also immediately below the aumbry the text, in Latin, from St John vi 'I am the living bread which came from heaven; whoever eateth of this bread shall live for ever'. Scheduled monument.



THE STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1790-1, Witherington and Grant

ed. vol. xvi, 1982), pp. 137-8. NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT xiii

(1836), p.68. Rt Rev Mgr David MacRoberts, 'Scottish


SOCIETY, vol xv, part 3, (1965), pp. 51, 56.

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About Designations

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 statutory listing address is the legal part of the listing. 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.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned 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. For information about curtilage see 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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