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Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 30/03/1983


  • Local Authority: Moray
  • Planning Authority: Moray
  • Burgh: Forres

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNJ 3732 58929
  • Coordinates303732, 858929


William Robertson, 1838-9. Scottish Baronial. Finely stugged

ashlar, rubble to Tolbooth Street; tooled ashlar dressings.

3-storey courthouse, with imposing 3-stage tower and belfry

much resembling its predecessor. Entrance on W face of tower

with round-arched head in deeply splayed reveals. String

course rising over door, and window on N elevation. Round-

arched windows above with string course raised as square

hoodmould over; corbelled stepped parapet with bartizans;

smaller clock stage with similarly detailed parapet bartizans

with conical caps. Tall belfry stage with round-arched

openings, cable moulded cornice, tall bell-cast roof with

crowning cupola; weather vane with gilded cock.

Courthouse and jail to E and S; 3 storeys, 2 bays(W) to High

Street, 9 bays(E) to Tolbooth Street. Square-headed windows

to High Street with corbelled, squared bartizans to outer

bay. Courtroom to S with 2 round-head windows at 1st floor E

and W; 3 smaller round-headed windows and pend to ground

floor. Tolbooth Street; multi-pane glazing. 4 bays to jail,

facing E to Tolbooth Street.

INTERIOR: vaulted rooms in tower; courtroom with coffered

ceiling stained glass windows; some late 19th century

courtroom fittings survive.

Statement of Special Interest

Built on site of previous Tolbooth. Juts into High Street;

corner site with Tolbooth Street. Cells remain within.

Building now used as Moray District Record Office.

Stained glass window depicts St Laurence, patron saint of

Forres; gifted by Mr William Smith of Colithie, Huntly, a

native of Forres. Provost's Chair, 1893. Pair of Provost's

lamps in front of main entrance.

Unfortunate insertion of ventilation grills in some upper

window cills (circa 1980).

Former Item 77 (1983 Revised List)




1600-1840 (1978), p.699. NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT, xii,

p.164. J and W Watson MORAYSHIRE DESCRIBED, (1868), p.256-7.


pp.285, 296. Original plans with Moray District Record

Office, Forres. Also illustrations of previous Tolbooth.

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Listed Buildings

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest and these are selected according to criteria published in the, Annex 2, pp74-76.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

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Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The local authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. For information about curtilage see

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