DUFFUS OLD PARISH CHURCH (PETER KIRK), PARISH CROSS, MORTHOUSE AND BURIAL GROUND (Ref:2307)
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 175 687.
CHURCH: rectangular roofless church incorporating medieval fabric, with base of 14th century tower at W gable and 16th century porch at SW. Building remodelled and re-cast for Presbyterian worship in earlier 18th century, probably 1739. Rubble, ashlar dressings and margins. 4 earlier 18th century long square-headed windows light S of hoodmould. Ribbed vaulted interior with centre boss. elevation with single small gallery window in each outer bay Entrance to church within porch closed by nail studded and W gable. Centre rear forestair (to former gallery) and double leaf plank door with hand wrought handle date 1739. second forestair at E gable (leading to former laird's loft). Various mural tablets set in church walls, both within and Bellcote (probably 1739) at W gable apex. without; also re-used fragments of carved stonework. TOWER: base of tower at W gable with long pointed-headed PARISH CROSS: probably 14th century. Tall, tapering stone lancet window; vaulted interior. shaft, square with chamfered angles; decorative carved band PORCH: pointed-headed entrance with simple nook shafts, near top; worn head. Original stepped stone base. stylised quatrefoil detailing decorates moulding above MORTHOUSE: dated 1830. Simple rectangular morthouse. Harl imposts, stylised ball-flower ornamentation on upper edge pointed rubble, tooled and polished ashlar dressings. Entrance in S gable with dated and inscribed roundel above lintel; squat apex finial, end stack at N. BURIAL GROUND: walled burial ground. Various burial enclosures including 18th century Dunbar enclosure; 17th, 18th, 19th century and subsequent tombstones.
Guardianship Monument. Scheduled Ancient Monument No 90106.
Church disused since 1869 when
it was superseded by new parish church.
Fine tombstones, particularly those dating from 18th century.
Morthouse roundel inscribed 'Mort House 1830'.
Anon, SURVEY OF THE PROVINCE OF MORAY (1798), p.125.
NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1835), p.41. Gordon Childe and
W Douglas Simpson, ANCIENT MONUMENTS, vi (Scotland: 1967),
p.107. J W Small, SCOTTISH MARKET CROSSES (1900), p1.101.
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