Kirkton of Premnay Ex Parish Church

National Grid Reference (NGR): NJ 64199 25158, map


Kirkton of Premnay
AB52 6QF


Premnay Parish Church, built 1792, is located in the centre of a small hamlet, Kirkton of Premnay. This very rural area of Aberdeenshire has large arable fields with areas of rising ground and woodland. The church is situated in small grounds and there is no graveyard associated with this church. It had a gallery inserted in 1828. The west porch an vestry were added in 1900 by William Henderson & Son. The church closed and was converted into a house and the grounds are private gardens.

Description (exterior)

The church is a simple rectangular structure with a porch at each end and a bellcote on the west gable. It was built with coursed, roughly-tooled Bennachie granite blocks and has a slate roof, into which have been inserted numerous small roof windows. It is aligned off east/west.

The west gable has a central, gabled porch with a pointed-arch doorway in the south face and a small rectangular window in the gable. The original door is in place and is double leaf and has decorative metal hinge plates. The church gable has a single round-arched window above the porch and the bellcote on the apex is built in ashlar masonry and has a tall ball finial. 

The side elevations (north and south) have four rectangular windows, equally spaced and with simple trefoil tracery. The modern roof windows give light to rooms on the first floor. The east gable has a single round window with simple tracery and there is a small ball finial on the apex of the gable. Attached is a hexagonal vestry or session room, which has a pointed-arch souht-facing doorway and rectangular windows with trefoil tracery. 

Description (interior)

The interior of the church was converted to a private house some time ago and has had a first floor added, lit by roof windows. Little of the original furnishing remains. 


  • Church built (1792)
  • Church renovated (1828)

Archive References:

Scottish Church Heritage Research Archive - Offline databaseReference: 7913
Historic Scotland Listed Building Reports - Online databaseView HS Listing Online: 16233C(S)-listed
Canmore - Online database View Canmore Report Online: 112868
Dictionary of Scottish Architects - Online databaseReference:

Bibliographic References:

The Architecture of Scottish Post-Reformation ChurchesG Hay1957p244
Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae: the succession of ministers in the Church of Scotland from the ReformationH Scott et al (eds.)1915-61Vol. VI, p180-2
Aberdeenshire: Donside and Strathbogie, an illustrated architectural guideIan Shepherd2006p102
Buildings of Scotland - Aberdeenshire: South and AberdeenJoseph Sharples, David W Walker & Matthew Woodworth2015Yale University Press