ST BRENDON'S CHURCH OF SCOTLAND, BIRNIE PARISH CHURCH, BURIAL GROUND, AND GATEPIERS (Ref:2294)
This building is in the Moray Council and the
It is a category A building and was listed on 26/01/1971.
Group Items: N/A,
Group Cat: N/A,
Map Ref: NJ 206 587.
Probably 12th century, variously repaired and altered
including re-building of W gable (and shortening of nave
of church) in 1734 and major restoration, 1891 by
A Marshall MacKenzie. Alteration to windows in S
elevation by John Wright, architect, Elgin, circa 1975.
Simple rectangular nave with rectangular chancel at E
gable. Tooled squared rubble, ashlar dressings.
Off-centre round-headed entrance in S elevation lit by
3 later round-headed windows. Narrow S entrance to
chancel with chamfered margins and under re-set cusped
medieval light. Chancel lit by single round-headed lancet
in N and S walls. Mural sundial.
Blocked pointed-headed entrance in N elevation which has
no windows, expcept chancel lancets.
Birdcage bellcote at W apex dated 1734; slate roof.
INTERIOR: simple interior; tooled ashlar walls; 1891 timber ceiling. Simple Romanesque chancel arch supported by engaged
columns with cushion capitals. Deeply splayed
round-headed lancets in N and S chancel walls.
Various mural memorials including Sanders memorial dated
1670; pedimented country Jacobean plaque flanked by
small engaged columns supporting 'winged souls' as
caryatids. Simple hewn stone basin font, probably
12th century, supported by thick circular stem with
spiral fluting on square base (stem and base dated from
BURIAL GROUND: roughly square burial ground enclosed by
coped rubble wall. Various tombstones of 17th, 18th and
subsequent dates. Inscribed Celtic stone.
GATEPIERS AND GATES: pair simple square tooled ashlar
gatepiers; pair cast-iron spearhead carriage gates.
Ecclesiastical building in use as such. Celtic stone is Scheduled Ancient Monument No 2781.
Birnie church is said to have been an early seat of the
Bishop of Moray before the foundation of Elgin cathedral in
1224, and is the earliest church in continuous worship in the
1690 mural monument inscribed 'Here lies under this pulpit
the corps of Mr Wm Sanders Lait minister of this Paroch, who
deceased the 13 May 1670 and of Katherine and Elspet Sanders
his children'. The memorial may have been re-sited to N wall
after restoration of 1891.
Plinth and stem of font gifted to church in 1885 by
Ecclesiological Society of Aberdeen, who visited the church
during 1884. This pedestal is made from Auchindoir sandstone.
THE STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1791, Witherington and Grant vol.
xvi, 1892), pp. 465-6. NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT xiii (1835),
p. 85. MacGibbon and Ross, THE ECCLESIASTICAL ARCHITECTURE OF
SCOTLAND i (1896), pp. 218-220. W H Watson, A MARSHALL
MACKENZIE, ARCHITECT IN ABERDEEN (1985), p. 52. W Cramond,
CHURCH OF BIRNIE (1903). MORAY AND NAIRN EXPRESS, 10 March 1885 p.4
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