Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 21723 25684
321723, 825684


John Gall, Aberdeen, 1827-9, interior completed and

re-modelled by Bishop James Kyle, possibly with design

assistance from Rev Walter Lovi, 1843-4. Gothic Church;

orientated approximately E/W with entrance in gabled W front.

Tooled pink granite ashlar front and dressings, harl pointed

flanks and rear. Unusual plan incorporating priest's quarters

under the same roof.

3-bay W front delineated and flanked by stepped buttresses

terminating with pinnacles; coped and partially crenellated

wallhead. Centre pointed-headed recessed entrance with

(blank) datestone above; narrow flanking 2-light windows and

3-light above door, all with simple wooden tracery and

lattice-pane glazing.

3-bay flanks with windows as in W (at extreme E divided

vertically and half blind). Simple square-headed doorway in


E gable with similar fenestration as W with no buttresses and

small centre ground floor window.

Apex crosses; slate roof.

INTERIOR: simple entrance lobby with local flagstone floor.

Lofty vaulted interior with narrow side aisles; ribbed

vaulting supported by timber panelled cast-iron columns with

decorative plaster capitals and matching corbel stones set in

aisle walls. Altar set in shallow chancel; W gallery houses

organ with decorated pipes.

Area between chancel and E gable formerly served as

Presbytery (access by door in N elevation); now empty.

BURIAL GROUND: square rubbled walled burial ground; 19th and

20th century tombstones, many of those of 19th century date

being of finely inscribed local slate.

Burial ground wall (1843) continues around W front of church

with wide entrance flanked by simple capped gate-piers.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such.

A priest served the Tombae area from at least 1745, living

further upstream at Kinakyle by 1794. Nearby a 'new mass

house' was built about 1790, the ruins of which are marked on

1st ed OS, circa 1870. This 'masshouse' was superseded by

present Tombae church, which was opened for worship on Feb 2,

1829, though unfinished. Interior re-modelled and completed

1843-4 including insertion of priest's dwelling accommodation

in E portion; interior vaulted, lobby and organ gallery above constructed.

Tomintoul RC Church also has Presbytery incorporated within


River Livet formerly spanned by bridge opposite W entrance.

Upgraded B to A 9.11.87



THE STATISTICAL ACCOUNT xiii (1794), p. 35.

Peter F Anson, "Catholic Church Building in Scotland from the Reformation until the Outbreak of the First World War,

1560-1914", INNES REVIEW v (1954), pp. 125-140. NORTHERN

SCOT, 23 June 1979. Account of 150th anniversary of Tombae

church. Scottich Catholic Archives PL3/113, PL5/204, 206

(1827), BL 6/445/5-13; PL 3/311/1-6, IM 16/5, IM 32/2

(1843/44) BL6/402 (Burial ground).

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