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This building is in the Moray Council and the Bellie Parish. It is a category A building and was listed on 26/01/1971.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NJ 3487 5846.


Thomas Mackenzie, 1845-6. Neo-Tudor, 2-storey square school

with principal elevation to N and mirrored return elevations

E and W. Tooled ashlar, polished ashlar sandstone dressings.

9-bay principal N elevation with advanced outer and centre

bays linked by 3-bay arcades with terrace above fronting 1st

floor windows. Centre bay pierced by full-height hoodmoulded

arch framing recessed entrance and 1st floor window. Clasping

octagonal buttresses rise above wallhead as cusped octagonal

pinnacles with exaggerated stiff-leaf finials, crenellated

wallhead supporting niche housing statue of founder, crowned

as pinnacles but more ornate. Substantial oriel window in 1st

floor of outer bays.

E AND W ELEVATIONS: each of 7 bays with advanced centre bay

with hoodmoulded Tudor arched entrance; similarly treated

ground floor fenestration. Centre 1st floor window under

stepped hoodmould.

Multi-pane margined glazing; continuous string course links

all 1st floor windows.

Square tower on rear elevation rises single stage above

centre of building with crenellated angle finials and

wallhead. Similarly detailed octagonal angle turrets to each

advanced bay; decorative crenellation to wallhead with

intermediate finials. Slate roofs.

Low terrace with ashlar retaining wall and shallow flight

steps fronts building.

INTERIOR: main assembly hall fitted as gymnasium; wide stone

staircase rises to 1st floor.

ENCLOSING WALLS WITH GATEPIERS: low coped retaining wall to

High Street frontage with entrance flanked by octagonal

ashlar gatepiers with ornate stiff-leaf finialled caps. Site

enclosed with coped wall; simple ashlar gatepiers flank W

entrance to Institution Road.


'Milne's Free Schools' inscribed at base of founder's statue. School gifted and endowed by legacy ($20,000) of Alexander Milne (died 1839), a native of Fochabers and former employee of Gordon Castle who emigrated to America and made a fortune, most of which he left to his native town. Various modern freestanding school buildings not included in listing. Upgraded: B to A, 24.03.88


FORRES GAZETTE, 5 May 1841. ELGIN COURANT 21 Aug 1846 and description of opening ceremony) 20 Dec 1846.

© Crown copyright, Historic Scotland. All rights reserved. Mapping information derived from Ordnance Survey digital mapping products under Licence No. 100017509 2012 . Data extracted from Scottish Ministers' Statutory List on . Listing applies equally to the whole building or structure at the address set out in bold at the top of the list entry. This includes both the exterior and the interior, whether or not they are mentioned in the 'Information Supplementary to the Statutory List'. Listed building consent is required for all internal and external works affecting the character of the building. The local planning authority is responsible for determining where listed building consent will be required and can also advise on issues of extent or "curtilage" of the listing, which may cover items remote from the main subject of the listing such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. or interior fixtures. All category C(S) listings were revised to category C on 3rd September 2012. This was a non-statutory change. All enquiries relating to proposed works to a listed building or its setting should be addressed to the local planning authority in the first instance. All other enquiries should be addressed to: Listing & Designed Landscapes Team, Historic Scotland, Room G.51, Longmore House, Salisbury Place, EDINBURGH, EH9 1SH. Tel: +44 (0)131 668 8701 / 8705. Fax: +44 (0)131 668 8765. e-mail: hs.listing@scotland.gsi.gov.uk. Web: http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/historicandlistedbuildings.

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