Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
National Park
NJ 24170 20992
324170, 820992


CHURCH: John Kinross, 1896-7. Scottish Romanesque.

Rectangular church orientated roughly N-S fronted at S by

3-stage square gabled tower with entrance in centre of N

face. Harled with pink tooled granite dressings. Recessed

pointed-headed doorway with moulded surrounds double-leaf

plank doors with ornate cast-iron hinges. Canopied niche

above housing statue of Our Lady. Long and short angle

dressings to tower, with crowstepped gabled, apex cross and

grouped quatrefoil vents in each face.

Long, 4-bay nave elevations lit by narrow hoodmoulded,

round-headed lights with leaded glazing. Chancel lit by

round-headed tripartite under continuous hoodmould in E

elevation below diminutive arcaded eaves band. Lean-to

sacristy at W. Slate roof.

Church linked at W to Chapel House (see below).

INTERIOR: richly stencilled lofty aisles interior; stencilled

decoration continues to panelled gallery front across N end

of church. High chancel with plain walls and richly decorated

timber barrel vaulted ceiling; carved canopied reredos with

paintings of saints flanking central picture of Our Lady, all

with gilded backgrounds. 5-panelled front to altar, each

panel illustrated with angel with musical instrument. Simple

pine pews; facetted pulpit decorated with vines on ashlar

base; marble font.

CHAPEL HOUSE: 1830-40, raised to 2 storeys in later 19th

century. SE facing 2-storey, symmetrical 3-bay house with

symmetrical 3-window rear elevation, linked by 2-storey,

single bay wing to chancel.

Centre door masked by late 19th century gabled and glazed

porch. 4- and 12-pane glazing; end stacks; Tomintoul slate


BURIAL GROUND: rubble walled burial ground to rear of church

with 19th century tomb stones, many of local slate.

Statement of Special Interest

Church an ecclesiastical building in use as such.

Abbe Paul MacPherson of Wester Scalan had wished to establish

an RC parish church at Scalan after the closure of the

seminary in 1799 and the final departure of Rev James Sharp

in 1808. It was not until 1828 that he was given a piece of

barren ground at Littletown of Eskemulloch (now Chapeltown)

where he established a church and school, both superseded by

present buildings.

'Plans prepared by architect to Marquis of Bute' who was John

Kinross of Edinburgh.

Chapel House formerly served as Presbytery.

Drawing of former church in sacristy dated 1840. It was

probably designed in 1828 by Rev Walter Lovi, Priest at Keith

1825-37, also architect for Dufftown, Keith, Braemar and

Wick RC churches.

Upgraded B to A 9.11.87.




Sept 1897. Report of consecration. H Dunnet, INVERA'AN; A

STRATHSPEY PARISH (1919), pp. 117-9. Victory Gaffney,


Catholic Archives PL 3/128 (1828)

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

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. 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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