Listed Building

The only legal part of the listing under the Planning (Listing Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing – see 'About Listed Buildings' below for more information. The further details below the 'Address/Name of Site' are provided for information purposes only.

Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 01985 46579
301985, 846579


1741, renovated 1813. Simple rectangular church with long 6-

bay S elevation. Harled with ashlar margins and dressings. 3

irregular piended or gabled projections at rear, with

entrances in outer return re-entrant angles with window above,

and housing stairwell and vestry. Later single keystoned

oculus in outer bays. 6 square-headed symmetrical windows

in S elevation; round-headed keystoned gallery window with

block imposts lights each gable.

Multi-pane glazing; simple bellcote at W gable, finial at E;

slate roof. Mural memorial plaque at base of W gable.

INTERIOR: galleried interior to 3 sides, narrow at S and

largely infilled by 1941 organ. Panelled demi-octagonal

pulpit in centre S wall with similarly shaped sounding board;

panelled back-board with flanking fluted pilasters. Plain

pine pews; simple shallow panelling to gallery front; 1941

Communion table.

Simple pine dado to entrance passage accommodating re-set

stone armorial dated 166?6, initialled MD and with worn


WATCH HOUSE- early 19th century rubble hexagonal watch house

with centre door in N face and flanking windows; rear

wallhead stack; facetted local slate roof; apex ball finial.

Former manse garden wall abuts watch house each side.

BURIAL GROUND: drystone wall encloses burial ground; squat

round rubble piers flank entrance with round stone caps.

18th and 19th century tombstones.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such.

Re-set armorial in church initialled MD (Mark?) Dunbar with

Dunbar coat of arms. The Dunbars owned Dunphail castle during

16th, 17th and early 18th centuries.

Mural plaque and tomb at W gable to Sir Thomas Dick Lauder of Fountainhall and Relugas, author of 'An Account of the Great

Floods of August 1829' who died in Edinburgh 29th May 1848.

Fine row of Collection Ladles hang in entrance passage.

Communion table given in memory of Fl Lt Robert Bruce of

Glenerney, killed in action 1941.



THE STATISTICAL ACCOUNT xx (1792-3) Witherington and Grant

ed. vol. xvi (1982),, pp. 584-5. NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT xiii

(1842), p. 192. George Hay, THE ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTTISH POST-REFORMATION CHURCHES 1600-1843 (1957), pp. 79, 266.

Angus Howat and Mike Seton, CHURCHES OF MORAY (1981), p. 19.

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. 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.

If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the 1997 Act. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect subsequent legislation.

Listed building consent is required for changes to a listed building which affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. The relevant planning authority is the point of contact for applications for listed building consent.

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