Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site

MOSSIE ROAD, INVERALLAN CHURCH, CHURCH OF SCOTLANDLB34062

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
26/01/1971
Local Authority
Highland
Planning Authority
Highland
Burgh
Grantown On Spey
National Park
Cairngorms
NGR
NJ 03173 28051
Coordinates
303173, 828051

Description

Alexander Smith, Cullen, 1884-6. Cruciform Gothic church,

orientated E/W; sneck coursed tooled ashlar, tooled and

polished ashlar dressings.

Centre entrance in E gable, pointed-headed doorpiece with

paired round-headed entrances with trumeau and inscribed

tympanum, long flanking Y-traceried windows; further large

hood-moulded window above with ornate tracery incorporating

intersecting CS; 3 similar windows elsewhere with ornate

tracery incorporating S for Seafield. Lattice-pane glazing.

Further entrance in E gable with flanking windows; doorway

in E elevation of S transept in slightly advanced and gabled

porch. Arcaded corbelling supports bellcote at N gable apex

with nookshafts, cusped detailing and apex ball finials;

various buttressing; slate roof.

Interior; lofty interior with braced timber roof with

drop pendants, springing from bolection moulded corbels.

Seafield gallery at E, front carved with Lord's prayer; no

seating survives. Ornate octagonal pulpit at NW angle of

crossing with re-used German carving dated 1629 rises from

slender octagonal plinth; stylised foliage and

fruit, banding, scroll and beaded borders, some deep with

further carved leaf and acorn designs. Front panel depicts

Nativity under raised head with double eagle crest and motto;

narrow pedimented backboard incorporating cupboard door,

flanking caryatids, cross and 1639 date.

Similar carving (also dated 1639) re-used in narrow mural

clock at SW angle of crossing.

Large, fine 17th century series carved panels incorporated

below gallery and with later base mounted on wall depicting

series of coats of arms of 8 Highland or NE families,

with lower panels of stylised flowers and geometric patterns,

with carved texts on rails and further stylised carving

on muntins.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such. Superseded Church of 1803 on same site. Built by Caroline, Dowager Countess

of Seafield in memory of her husband and son 7th and 8th

Earls of Seafield. Ornate scroll window tracery incorporates

initials of 8th Earl in E window (ICOGR) 7th Earl in N

window (combination of S) and CS in W window (Caroline Stuart

or Countess of Seafield. At Countess' request (1912) no

other memorial to be erected in church Pulpit said to

"have been formed from a valuable piece of elaborate old

carving from Castle Grant'. Large panel below gallery

found by Earl of Seafield at Shillochan, Duthill in 1874.

Measures 9'2" x 6'; records "Cumin of Alter, Caddel of that

Ilk, Lesly of Balquhy, Lumsden of Cusni, Gordon of

Hun(tly?), Ros of Kilraak, Grant of Aucher (nach?), Forres

(tie)".

Thought to have come form (former) Duthill church.

References

Bibliography

MORAY AND NAIRN EXPRESS, 8 May, 1886 (report of opening

and dedication).

William Cramond, GUIDE TO GRANTOWN AND DISTRICT (1897), p. 8.

BANFFSHIRE ADVERTISER, 7 March, 1912.

About Listed Buildings

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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.

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