KIRKTON OF DESKFORD, OLD CHURCH OF ST JOHN AND BURIAL GROUND (Ref:2209)
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 508 616.
Roofless rubble rectangular church orientated to E; entrance
in centre of W gable and further entrances and windows,
some of 17th or early 18th century date, in S elevation.
Bellcote at W gable.
Sacrament house dated 1551 at extreme E end of N wall
rising full-height of wall, depicting pair of angels
displaying monstrance above small square aumbry enclosed
in ogee-headed carved moulding with inscription below, the
outer border carved in raised grapevine design. Mural
memorial dated 1658 and 2 mural tombstones dated 1613 and
1717; also 2 ogee-headed piscinae.
Coped rubble walled burial ground with 18th, 19th and 20th
century tombstones. Paired square ashlar piers flank N
entrance with moulded flat caps; pair simple cast-iron
Guardianship Monument. Church declared 'rather small' in 1836, and superseded by present parish church in 1871. Richly decorated sacrament house amongst the finest of its kind. It bears the arms of Alexander Ogilvie and Elizabeth Gordon with the inscription 'This pnt (present) lovable vark (work) of sacrement hous maid to honor and loving of God be ane noble man Alexander Ogilvie of that IIk and Elizabeth Gordon his spovs the year of God 1551'. Also immediately below the aumbry the text, in Latin, from St John vi 'I am the living bread which came from heaven; whoever eateth of this bread shall live for ever'. Scheduled monument.
THE STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1790-1, Witherington and Grant
ed. vol. xvi, 1982), pp. 137-8. NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT xiii
(1836), p.68. Rt Rev Mgr David MacRoberts, 'Scottish
Sacrament House', TRANSACTIONS OF THE SCOTTISH ECCLESIOLOGICAL
SOCIETY, vol xv, part 3, (1965), pp. 51, 56.
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