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This building is in the Moray Council and the Drainie 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 1927 6892.


MICHAEL KIRK: dated 1705, restored and interior refurbished,

John Kinross, 1900-01. Gothic. Ashlar. Small 3-bay church

with large pointed windows with elaborate Y-tracery in E and

W gables. Centre S door with flanking windows; reveals with

half-round and fillet moulding decorated with stairs and

roses; flanking windows with Y-tracery and deeply moulded

architraves; continuous string course dropped under cills.

Square clear glass quarries; flat moulded skews; steeply

pitched West Highland slate roof with stone ridge and apex


INTERIOR: panelled throughout, 1900-01. Various mural

memorials including that to Sir Robert Gordon, died 1704

(possibly carved by John Faid, Elgin), and previous and

subsequent Gordons and Gordon Cummings. Chequered black and

white marble floor.

BURIAL GROUND: surrounded by simple stone walls with low,

coped, square dressed rubble gatepiers to E and W entrances;

western gatepiers have inset re-used 17th century carved


CROSS: market cross type; tall, rectangular shaft with

chamfered and stopped angles; incised hammer mark; hole

probably for jougs; small star shaped finial with centre

hole; stands on simple square stone plinth.


Ecclecisiastical building in use as such in the charge of the Scottish Episcopal Church. Built by Dame Elizabeth Dunbar as a mausoleum in memory of her husband, Sir Robert Gordon of Gordonstoun. Restored by Lady (Florence) Gordon Cumming for use during her family's summer residences at Gordonstoun from Altyre (Forres). Now used as chapel for Gordonstoun School. Altar moved to W end of church to increase seating accommodation. Parish of Ogstoun united with that of Kineddar in 1669 as parish of Drainie. Old Drainie Church (1673); New Drainie Church (1821, Gillespie Graham) dem. 1923. Ogstoun also served as market site.


MacGibbon and Ross, THE ECCLESIASTICAL ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTLAND, ii (1897) pp.554-57. George Hay, THE ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTTISH POST REFORMATION CHURCHES (1957) pp. 39, 52, 111. Edward Lightowler THE MICHAEL KIRK AND ITS HISTORICAL BACKGROUND (1980). THE ELGIN COURANT AND COURIER, 19 Feb 1901. Report of re-consecration of Michael Kirk. R Douglas, MARKET AND OTHER CROSSES (N.D.) p.10. Agnes Keith, THE PARISH OF DRAINIE AND LOSSIEMOUTH (1975), pp. 118-121, 187, 209.

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