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This building is in the Moray Council and the Inveravon Parish. It is a category A building and was listed on 22/02/1972.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NJ 2417 2099.


CHURCH: John Kinross, 1896-7. Scottish Romanesque.

Rectangular church orientated roughly N-S fronted at S by

3-stage square gabled tower with entrance in centre of N

face. Harled with pink tooled granite dressings. Recessed

pointed-headed doorway with moulded surrounds double-leaf

plank doors with ornate cast-iron hinges. Canopied niche

above housing statue of Our Lady. Long and short angle

dressings to tower, with crowstepped gabled, apex cross and

grouped quatrefoil vents in each face.

Long, 4-bay nave elevations lit by narrow hoodmoulded,

round-headed lights with leaded glazing. Chancel lit by

round-headed tripartite under continuous hoodmould in E

elevation below diminutive arcaded eaves band. Lean-to

sacristy at W. Slate roof.

Church linked at W to Chapel House (see below).

INTERIOR: richly stencilled lofty aisles interior; stencilled

decoration continues to panelled gallery front across N end

of church. High chancel with plain walls and richly decorated

timber barrel vaulted ceiling; carved canopied reredos with

paintings of saints flanking central picture of Our Lady, all

with gilded backgrounds. 5-panelled front to altar, each

panel illustrated with angel with musical instrument. Simple

pine pews; facetted pulpit decorated with vines on ashlar

base; marble font.

CHAPEL HOUSE: 1830-40, raised to 2 storeys in later 19th

century. SE facing 2-storey, symmetrical 3-bay house with

symmetrical 3-window rear elevation, linked by 2-storey,

single bay wing to chancel.

Centre door masked by late 19th century gabled and glazed

porch. 4- and 12-pane glazing; end stacks; Tomintoul slate


BURIAL GROUND: rubble walled burial ground to rear of church

with 19th century tomb stones, many of local slate.


Church an ecclesiastical building in use as such. Abbe Paul MacPherson of Wester Scalan had wished to establish an RC parish church at Scalan after the closure of the seminary in 1799 and the final departure of Rev James Sharp in 1808. It was not until 1828 that he was given a piece of barren ground at Littletown of Eskemulloch (now Chapeltown) where he established a church and school, both superseded by present buildings. 'Plans prepared by architect to Marquis of Bute' who was John Kinross of Edinburgh. Chapel House formerly served as Presbytery. Drawing of former church in sacristy dated 1840. It was probably designed in 1828 by Rev Walter Lovi, Priest at Keith 1825-37, also architect for Dufftown, Keith, Braemar and Wick RC churches. Upgraded B to A 9.11.87.


BANFFSHIRE ADVERTISER, 25 June 1896. BANFFSHIRE JOURNAL, 14 Sept 1897. Report of consecration. H Dunnet, INVERA'AN; A STRATHSPEY PARISH (1919), pp. 117-9. Victory Gaffney, TOMINTOUL, ITS GLENS AND ITS PEOPLE (1970), p. 46. Scottish Catholic Archives PL 3/128 (1828)

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