Dated 1769. Long narrow rectangular church with
distinctive narrow 8-bay fenestration in S elevation.
Harled, ashlar margins and dressings. Round-headed
entrance in E gable with re-set aediculed and pedimented
mural monument dated 1677 and 1722 to right. 7 narrow,
round-headed long windows light S elevation, shorter and
wider in bays 3 and 5: similar styled doorway in outer
SW bay with blind narrow round-headed light above.
Similar single gallery window in E and W gables.
Multi-pane glazing in poor condition; some shutter
hooks survive. Birdcage bellcote at E gable apex with
slightly concave cap topped by ball finial and dated
1769; slate roof.
INTERIOR: empty, all furnishings removed.
BURIAL GROUND: irregular shaped burial ground surrounds
church, extended at E. Various 18th century and
In SW corner the Russell burial enclosure dated 1725;
squared and rusticated ashlar with balustraded wallhead
and moulded lugged doorpiece. 2 entrances to burial
ground, each with simple square gate piers, that at E
end of ground of late 19th century date.
Statement of Special Interest
Church no longer in ecclesiastical use.
Mural monument flanking E entrance has worn latin
inscription and initialled BI and IF for Beroald Innes
of Inchstelly and Margaret Falconer his wife. The
memorial was situated in the choir of the pre-1769
Russell enclosure has initials JR and ES with date 1725
carved each side of entrance and plaque inscribed 'This
Buriall place was erected by James Russell Chamberlaine
to the Earl of Moray at Earles-Mill for himself his
Spouse Elizabeth Spence and their children. The said
James Russell died the 11 Jany. 1735 year and his
forsaid spouse died the 25 Sept 1737 year'.
THE STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1793, Witherington and Grant
ed. vol xvi, 1982), p.458. William Gramond, THE CHURCH
OF ALVES (1900), p.119. George Hay, THE ARCHITECTURE OF
SCOTTISH POST-REFORMATION CHURCHES 1560-1843 (1957),
pp.75, 79, 169, 266. Plans (1900-8) in Elgin Library,
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