Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 04087 59209
304087, 859209


1830-40, Patrick Wilson, Edinburgh, architect. Simple church substantially altered and encased in Italianate style, and

re-fitted internally, by Thomas Mackenzie, Elgin, 1844.

Cruciform plan, orientated N/S. Ashlar frontage, dressings

and belfry; coursed rubble and harled flanks.

Ashlar gable to street with wheel window with flanking blind

panels; outer giant pilasters flanking full width pediment

supported by pilasters. 3-bay arcaded portico across the full

width of gable; 4 stage campanile to right (E) with open

balustraded arcades to 3rd and 4th stages. Shallow piended

roof with corbelled eaves course and weathervane of St John's

cross surmounted by golden cock. Campanile linked to E

transept by 5-bay open arcade similar to portico. Square

windows set high in wall to aisle with simple circle

sectioned tracery; semi-circular apse with triple light

stained glass window. Round-headed paired lights to E and W

gables. Deep eaves; slate roof.

INTERIOR: simple interior with plain walls and flat

coffered ceiling; mosaic floor. Oak seating and pulpit; brass

altar rail and eagle lectern. Circular roof light at

crossing. Latticed cast-iron balustrade to narrow gallery at

S end of church.

Mural paintings in apse, including one depicting the Last

Supper, by William Hole (1907). Further painting by same

artist at font of Christ blessing little children (1911).

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such.

First Rector of Forres visited Florence during 1830's and

is said to have sketched church there on which to base design

of St John's. Stained glass by Barnett of Newcastle in

apse. 3 windows in memory of Edward Dunbar of Seapark,

Kinloss (d. 1858 aged 3). Sir Alexander Gordon-Cumming (d.

1868) and John Grant of Moy (d. 1867).

Former Item 154 (1983 Revised List)





July, 1844; report of re-opening. Further information by

courtesy The Buildings of Scotland Research Unit.

About Listed Buildings

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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. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. 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.

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