PRESHOME, ST GREGORY'S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH (Ref:15524)
This building is in the Moray Council and the
It is a category A building and was listed on 22/02/1972.
Group Items: N/A,
Group Cat: N/A,
Map Ref: NJ 409 614.
Dated 1788, probably Father John Reid; chancel, altar and some internal alterations Peter Paul Pugin, 1896. Rectangular church orientated E-W with wide 5-bay Baroque W front incorporating flanking stair compartments. Harled, tooled and polished ashlar margins and dressings. Centre wide round-headed entrance with similar flanking entrances in slightly set back outer square stair bay; 4 substantial round-headed windows, slightly smaller similar centre window raised into shape pedimented gable; all windows and doors with keystones and blocked imposts. Shaped pedimented gable crowns centre 3 bays, deep eaves band, eaves cornice and blocking course 3 sides of stair blocks; urn and ball finials, apex cross. Datestone above centre door, multi-pane glazing. Wide 3-bay S elevation with blocked round-headed centre door and window above; flanking linear traceried windows (tracery 1896). Demi-octagonal chancel with similar traceried N and S windows linked to narrow round-headed lancets by continuous hood-mould/string course. Slate roof. INTERIOR: lofty interior; brilliantly coloured stencilled chancel, nave dado and cornice. Ornate canopied, carved and painted reredos with picture of St Gregory fronted by carved varied coloured marble altar. Carved coloured marble communion rails and flanking marble pedestals supporting statues. Brass memorial plaques right and left in chancel; coloured tiled floor. 1896 raised rear organ platform enclosed by curtained railings; plain pews; Stations of the Cross; ribbed flat 1896 ceiling. Entrance lobby with centre ceiling rose of 1788.
Ecclesiastical building in use as such.
St Gregory's church the first Roman Catholic place of worship
erected in Scotland after the Reformation which did not
attempt to disguise the fact that it was a church (Tynet RC
church, 1755 constructed so as to resemble a cottage).
Preshome church replaced a barn used as a chapel before 1788;
this barn was called the Craigs barn and the chapel was first
called Craigs chapel. Gordon of Letterfourie is said to have
contributed considerably to the erection of the church. The
area was staunchly Catholic.
Picture of St Gregory by Caracci gifted by Lord Findlater and incorporated in reredos.
Brass plaques erected each side of chancel mark burial sites
of Bishop James Kyle, 1788-1869 and his nephew, Rev. John
Plaque above centre entrance in W front inscribed 'DEO 1788'.
THE STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1792-3), Witherington and Grant ed.
1982), p.383. NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1842), p.265. Peter
Anson, 'Catholic Church Building in Scotland from the
Reformation until the Outbreak of the First World-War,
1560-1914', INNES REVIEW v (1954), pp. 126-7. George Hay,
THE ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTTISH POST-REFORMATION CHURCHES
1560-1843 (1957), pp.77, 154, 251. pl.20b.
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