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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 37886 61252
  • Coordinates337886, 861252


1755, renovated 1787 and early 20th century, restored 1951,

Ian G Lindsay, architect. Simple long, low single storey

building with 10-bay S elevation with regular fenestration.

Harled, ashlar dressings. Plain square-headed entrance in

penultimate SW bay, doorway to sacristy in end E bay. 6

windows in rear N elevation; mainly 12-pane glazing. Ball

finial at W gable apex (circa 1787); stack at E gable; graded

Banffshire slate roof.

INTERIOR: simple whitewashed interior. Principal doorway

opens into entrance lobby with baptistry separated by flat

balustered railings. Doorway to church framed by (? re-used)

corniced doorpiece with fluted Corinthian engaged columns and

closed by pair 18th century fielded panelled doors with

modern partial glazing. Simple grey painted pews and

confessional; chancel separated by turned altar rails and

framed by reeded pilasters supporting simple wooden arch.

Small octagonal pulpit (1787) with octagonal sounding board,

fielded shaped panelling and moulded cornices.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical buiding in use as such.

First surviving Roman Catholic church to be built in Scotland

after the Reformation. Replaced church sited in St Ninian's

burial ground, Chapelford, desecrated by soldiers in 1728.

Built by Father Godsman, incorporating dwelling of a 'poor

woman' as a 'cot for his sheep', as inconspicuous place of

worship. Until the building of St Ninian's, mass had been

celebrated in barns, frequently at night and the priest

travelling the countryside disguised as a farmer. With the

Braes of Glenlivet and the Arisaig-Moidart area of Lochaber,

the Enzie in historically strongly Roman Catholic.

St Ninian's was originally thatched, but slated in 1787,

re-using slates from the abandoned church at Chapelford.

Upgraded B to A, 24.3.88



NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT xii (1842), p. 122. Peter F Anson,


circca 1950).


CHURCHES (1957), pp. 153, 267, pl. 22b. Robert McDonald,


p. nos. Angus J Howat and Mike Seton, CHURCHES OF MORAY

(1981), p. 49.

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Listed Buildings

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