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Listed Building

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Status: Removed


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 26/01/1971
  • Date Removed: 22/09/2016


  • Local Authority: Moray
  • Planning Authority: Moray
  • Parish: Kinloss

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NJ 6570 61507
  • Coordinates: 306570, 861507

Removal Reason

Dual designation


Walled burial ground containing ruins of Kinloss Abbey. Surviving fragments of Abbey, dating from 13th to 16th centuries include portions of S transept of church including barrel vaulted chapel with early 19th century altar with cusped front and entrance dated 1830. Stumps of cluster columns indicate nave; further remains below soil. Circular

stair tower and ruins of 16th century Abbot's house stand immediately S of Abbey ruins, just outside burial ground. Fine burial enclosure of early and mid 19th century builds containing memorials to Grant Peterkin family of Grange Hall and Invererne. Mainly 18th and 19th century tombstones. RAF burial enclosure.

Statement of Special Interest

Scheduled Monument.

Kinloss Abbey founded in 1150 by David I for the Cistercian Order and grew in size during the 13th-15th centuries. It was visited by King Edward I and King Edward III in 1303 and 1336 respectively. The Abbey owned fishings at Findhorn and in the Cistercian agricultural tradition, farmed and improved the surrounding fertile land. Abbot Robert Reid became Abbot in 1528 (and subsequently Bishop of Orkney); he was responsible for the Abbot's dwelling, the ruins of which stand just outside the burial ground. Kinloss Abbey became the property of the Brodie's of Lethen soon after the dissolution; in 1651-2 they sold much of the stone to build the Citadel in Inverness; by 1842 the Abbey had 'formed a quarry for almost all the old houses and granaries of the neighbourhood'.

Change of Category B to A 25.4.89.




SCOTLAND i (1896), pp.417-421.


Anon, SURVEY OF THE PROVINCE OF MORAY (1798), pp.73-6.

NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT xiii (1842), p.206.

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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.

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