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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 3732 58929
303732, 858929


William Robertson, 1838-9. Scottish Baronial. Finely stugged

ashlar, rubble to Tolbooth Street; tooled ashlar dressings.

3-storey courthouse, with imposing 3-stage tower and belfry

much resembling its predecessor. Entrance on W face of tower

with round-arched head in deeply splayed reveals. String

course rising over door, and window on N elevation. Round-

arched windows above with string course raised as square

hoodmould over; corbelled stepped parapet with bartizans;

smaller clock stage with similarly detailed parapet bartizans

with conical caps. Tall belfry stage with round-arched

openings, cable moulded cornice, tall bell-cast roof with

crowning cupola; weather vane with gilded cock.

Courthouse and jail to E and S; 3 storeys, 2 bays(W) to High

Street, 9 bays(E) to Tolbooth Street. Square-headed windows

to High Street with corbelled, squared bartizans to outer

bay. Courtroom to S with 2 round-head windows at 1st floor E

and W; 3 smaller round-headed windows and pend to ground

floor. Tolbooth Street; multi-pane glazing. 4 bays to jail,

facing E to Tolbooth Street.

INTERIOR: vaulted rooms in tower; courtroom with coffered

ceiling stained glass windows; some late 19th century

courtroom fittings survive.

Statement of Special Interest

Built on site of previous Tolbooth. Juts into High Street;

corner site with Tolbooth Street. Cells remain within.

Building now used as Moray District Record Office.

Stained glass window depicts St Laurence, patron saint of

Forres; gifted by Mr William Smith of Colithie, Huntly, a

native of Forres. Provost's Chair, 1893. Pair of Provost's

lamps in front of main entrance.

Unfortunate insertion of ventilation grills in some upper

window cills (circa 1980).

Former Item 77 (1983 Revised List)




1600-1840 (1978), p.699. NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT, xii,

p.164. J and W Watson MORAYSHIRE DESCRIBED, (1868), p.256-7.


pp.285, 296. Original plans with Moray District Record

Office, Forres. Also illustrations of previous Tolbooth.

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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