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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
  • Burgh: Elgin

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNJ 21902 62910
  • Coordinates321902, 862910


Thomas Mackenzie, 1842. Additions, 1896. Alterations and

additions, A Marshall Mackenzie and Son, 1920.

Italianate; all polished ashlar, channelled at ground floor.

Museum rising through 2 storeys, 3 stage square tower to

E with shallow pyramidal roof and 3 round chimneys linked by

coping. Square central porch in front (S) gable;

3 tall round-headed windows above moulded cill course with

band course at springing continuing across tower. Single

storey wing to right; lunette clerestory N and S.

Tower, S elevation; 1st floor window with blind

balustrade, pilaster strips and bracketted cornice;

lunette at base of 3rd stage with 3 tall round-headed

windows above (2 outer blind); E elevation as S, but 1st

floor window and lunette blind.

INTERIOR: original main hall with gallery on 3 sides

approached by T-plan staircase near original colour

scheme restored 1979.

Additional hall to N (1896), rubble with top light.

Museum Hall (dated 1921); single storey; ashlar; some

channelled pilasters; corniced entrance on S elevation.

Statement of Special Interest

Corner site with High Street and North College Street.

Property of The Moray Society, formerly The Elgin and

Morayshire Literary and Scientific Associated founded 1836.

Tower contained custodian's quarters, now gutted.

Former Item 29 (1981 Revised List).




COURIER Feb 9, 1842. Advertisement for tenders. Further

information by courtesy of The Buildings of Scotland

Research Unit.

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Listed Buildings

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