Basic Site Details

Name: St Margaret's Episcopal Church
Town, district or village: Aberlour
City or county: Banffshire
Country: Scotland
Parish: Aberlour
Status: A listed
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Notes: The new chancel of the Episcopal church of St Margaret, Aberlour. erected as a memorial to the late Mr Grant, of Wester Elchies, is nearly completed. It is paved with tiles by Messrs Minton and Company, of Stoke-on-Trent ; the chancel screen is of open metal-work, and is being made by Messrs Jones and Willis, of London. The altar, reredos, and sedilia are being executed by Messrs Dawson of Glasgow: the materials for these are Caen stone and rich green marble. An organ has just been erected in the transept by Messrs Harrison and Harrison, of Loudon, and was opened on Sunday last. It has been erected in remembrance of Mrs Macpherson Grant. [Building News 25 July 1879 p108]

Aberlour, N.B.—The memorial chancel and side chapels recently added to St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, Aberlour, were consecrated by the Bishop of Aberdeen on Sunday. The nave and side aisles of the church were erected in 1874-5 from the designs of Mr. Alexander Ross, of Inverness, and are in the Early French style. The new chancel is by the same architect, and is 30 feet in depth, being separated from the nave by a wrought-iron screen richly coloured and finished with gold, the work of Messrs Jones and Willis, of Birmingham. The choir-desks are of solid oak, carved with figures of angels at each haffet. The altar is constructed, of white Caen stone, and is raised above the choir level by steps ; the reredos is divided into three panels, containing the sacred monogram and an inscription. Above is a three-light east window filled with stained glass, representing the principal events in the life of our Saviour. The floor of the sacrarium is paved with figured encaustic tiles. On the north is a side chapel and on the south an organ-chamber containing an instrument constructed by Mr. Harrison, of London, at a cost of about £600; the case is decorated in gold and colour. The principal contractors for the additions to the church were Messrs. Reid, Patterson, and Fraser, masons, Inverness, and Mr M Beath, carpenter, Elgin. The capitals in the nave are being carved by Messrs. Dawson and Strachan, of Glasgow. [Building News 28 November 1879 p659]

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Church  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 218741875Build/constructionNave and Aisles
Item 2 of 21879 CompletionCompletion of chancel and side chapels


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 1Alexander RossArchitect 18751879 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Groome, Francis H1893Ordnance GazeteerNew ed. Gives 1878 as the date
Item 2 of 3Scottish Episcopal Church Yearbook Various years; dates to be checked  Gives 1880 as the date
Item 3 of 3Walker, David W and Woodworth, Matthew2015The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire North and Moray Yale University Presspp435, 503

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Building News25 July 1879  p108
Item 2 of 3Building News28 November 1879  p659 consecration of chancel and side chapels
Item 3 of 3Inverness Courier18 March 1875   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register20872