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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 26/01/1971


  • Local Authority: Moray
  • Planning Authority: Moray
  • Parish: Bellie

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNJ 34874 58467
  • Coordinates334874, 858467


Thomas Mackenzie, 1845-6. Neo-Tudor, 2-storey square school

with principal elevation to N and mirrored return elevations

E and W. Tooled ashlar, polished ashlar sandstone dressings.

9-bay principal N elevation with advanced outer and centre

bays linked by 3-bay arcades with terrace above fronting 1st

floor windows. Centre bay pierced by full-height hoodmoulded

arch framing recessed entrance and 1st floor window. Clasping

octagonal buttresses rise above wallhead as cusped octagonal

pinnacles with exaggerated stiff-leaf finials, crenellated

wallhead supporting niche housing statue of founder, crowned

as pinnacles but more ornate. Substantial oriel window in 1st

floor of outer bays.

E AND W ELEVATIONS: each of 7 bays with advanced centre bay

with hoodmoulded Tudor arched entrance; similarly treated

ground floor fenestration. Centre 1st floor window under

stepped hoodmould.

Multi-pane margined glazing; continuous string course links

all 1st floor windows.

Square tower on rear elevation rises single stage above

centre of building with crenellated angle finials and

wallhead. Similarly detailed octagonal angle turrets to each

advanced bay; decorative crenellation to wallhead with

intermediate finials. Slate roofs.

Low terrace with ashlar retaining wall and shallow flight

steps fronts building.

INTERIOR: main assembly hall fitted as gymnasium; wide stone

staircase rises to 1st floor.

ENCLOSING WALLS WITH GATEPIERS: low coped retaining wall to

High Street frontage with entrance flanked by octagonal

ashlar gatepiers with ornate stiff-leaf finialled caps. Site

enclosed with coped wall; simple ashlar gatepiers flank W

entrance to Institution Road.

Statement of Special Interest

'Milne's Free Schools' inscribed at base of founder's statue.

School gifted and endowed by legacy ($20,000) of Alexander

Milne (died 1839), a native of Fochabers and former employee

of Gordon Castle who emigrated to America and made a fortune,

most of which he left to his native town.

Various modern freestanding school buildings not included in


Upgraded: B to A, 24.03.88



FORRES GAZETTE, 5 May 1841. ELGIN COURANT 21 Aug 1846 and

description of opening ceremony) 20 Dec 1846.

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Listed Buildings

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