Basic Site Details

Name: Fochabers Free Church
Town, district or village: Fochabers
City or county: Morayshire
Country: Scotland
Status: C listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Competition held for design - assessors were Andrew Maitland & Sons

'The edifice has just been opened. The tower and spire at the corner is about 105 feet in height, supported by heavy buttresses carried up at the angles from the base and finished off at the four corners with turrets. In the main gable there is a large traceried window. The main entrance doorway is situated in the tower. The church will accommodate 450 persons but, by extending an end gallery at a future date, the accommodation may be considerably increased. At the rear of the church is a hall to accommodate 150 persons with sessions house adjoining which can, on special occasions, be thrown into the hall by the opening of folding doors. Behind the pulpit is an apse where an organ may be erected. The roof is circular in form, lined with wood. The pews and internal finishes are of pitch-pine. There is also the usual vestry accommodation and a tea kitchen. The cost of the completed structure is expected to be about 3,000.'
[Builder 12 January 1901 Page 48]

Banffshire Advertiser 27 December 1900:
'The Pringle Memorial United Free Church, Fochabers, was opened this week. Alex Pringle, a collector in Inland Revenue in his will left 3,000 payable on the death of his widow for the building of the church.'

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 3Fochabers Folk MuseumYes 
Item 2 of 3Pringle Church  
Item 3 of 3Pringle Memorial UF Church  

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1High StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 230 June 1899 Journal reference 
Item 2 of 2c. 22 December 1900 Opened 


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 3D & J R McMillan A1899  
Item 2 of 3Duncan McMillan A1899  
Item 3 of 3John Ross McMillan A1899  


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Walker, David W and Woodworth, Matthew2015The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire North and Moray Yale University Pressp619

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Banffshire Advertiser27 December 1900   
Item 2 of 5Builder12 January 1901  p48
Item 3 of 5Builder29 June 1928CXXXIV Obituary of Duncan MacMillan
Item 4 of 5Inverness Courier30 June 1899   
Item 5 of 5Northern Scot22 December 1900  Report of opening

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register1601