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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: 22/02/1972


  • Local Authority: Moray
  • Planning Authority: Moray
  • Burgh: Buckie

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNJ 41902 65287
  • Coordinates341902, 865287


Bishop James Kyle and A and W Reid, architects, Elgin,

1850-57: chancel, alter and baptistry, C T Menart, architect,

Glasgow, 1907. Large Gothic church with twin towered W

front. Red sandstone, contrasting tooled ashlar dressings.

W FRONT: centre gable flanked by 2-stage squared towers

with set back buttresses, louvred plate traceried windows

in upper stage, angle pinnacles and tall facetted spires

with lucarnes at base. Central pointed-headed recessed

entrance with moulded reveals, nook shafts and trumeau;

paired cusped doorways wtih plank doors; blind quatrefoil

in tympanum. Large 4-light geometric traceried window above

fills centre gable. 5-bay aisled nave lit by triple

pointed-headed clerestory lights. Slightly lower chancel lit

by similar but longer triple lights in N and S elevations

with gable rose window at E. Gable end cross finials;

slate roofs.

INTERIOR: richly decorated aisled interior; pointed-headed

aisle arcades supported by diamond plan piers. Multicoloured

marble inlay decorates chancel and reredos; pulpit with carved

Gothic wooden backboard and sounding board; plain marble dado

in nave. Stations of the Cross with carved wooden frames;

simple wooden pews; scissor brace roof. Ornate war memorial

at rear of church.

PRESBYTERY: 2-storey and attic, wide 2-bay house at NE

of church. Red sandstone, contrasting tooled ashlar

dressings. Slightly advanced gable bay with narrow shouldered

lintel to entrance with panelled door tripartite at left. 3

narrow 1st floor windows, single canted dormer. Multi-pane

glazing. Coped ridge and wallhead stacks; slate roof.

ENCLOSING WALLS AND GATEPIERS: church and presbystery

surrounded by high coped rubble wall. Church fronted by low

coped wall with spearhead railings with matching carriage

gates flanked by square gatepiers with simple caps

and plain overthrow.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such. With its unusual twin towers, visible for many miles from

land and sea, this church has long been known locally as

'The Buckie Cathedral'.

Rose window in chancel re-used from 1850-57 E gable.



ELGIN COURANT, 13 Sept 1850 and 31 Jan 1851. BANFFSHIRE

ADVERTISER, 31 Oct 1907.

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Listed Buildings

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