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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 3788 6125.


1755, renovated 1787 and early 20th century, restored 1951,

Ian G Lindsay, architect. Simple long, low single storey

building with 10-bay S elevation with regular fenestration.

Harled, ashlar dressings. Plain square-headed entrance in

penultimate SW bay, doorway to sacristy in end E bay. 6

windows in rear N elevation; mainly 12-pane glazing. Ball

finial at W gable apex (circa 1787); stack at E gable; graded

Banffshire slate roof.

INTERIOR: simple whitewashed interior. Principal doorway

opens into entrance lobby with baptistry separated by flat

balustered railings. Doorway to church framed by (? re-used)

corniced doorpiece with fluted Corinthian engaged columns and

closed by pair 18th century fielded panelled doors with

modern partial glazing. Simple grey painted pews and

confessional; chancel separated by turned altar rails and

framed by reeded pilasters supporting simple wooden arch.

Small octagonal pulpit (1787) with octagonal sounding board,

fielded shaped panelling and moulded cornices.


Ecclesiastical buiding in use as such. First surviving Roman Catholic church to be built in Scotland after the Reformation. Replaced church sited in St Ninian's burial ground, Chapelford, desecrated by soldiers in 1728. Built by Father Godsman, incorporating dwelling of a 'poor woman' as a 'cot for his sheep', as inconspicuous place of worship. Until the building of St Ninian's, mass had been celebrated in barns, frequently at night and the priest travelling the countryside disguised as a farmer. With the Braes of Glenlivet and the Arisaig-Moidart area of Lochaber, the Enzie in historically strongly Roman Catholic. St Ninian's was originally thatched, but slated in 1787, re-using slates from the abandoned church at Chapelford. Upgraded B to A, 24.3.88


NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT xii (1842), p. 122. Peter F Anson, 'THE BANFFSHIRE BETHLEHEM, ST NINIAN'S TYNET' (guide book, circca 1950). George Hay, THE ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTTISH POST-REFORMATION CHURCHES (1957), pp. 153, 267, pl. 22b. Robert McDonald, CHURCHES AND PLACES OF CATHOLIC INTEREST IN MORAY (1980), no p. nos. Angus J Howat and Mike Seton, CHURCHES OF MORAY (1981), p. 49.

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