Medieval past of Kinloss Abbey to be recalled in special service

Kinloss Abbey (Patsy Goodsir)

A SPECIAL SERVICE is being held at one of Moray’s most important medieval sites on Saturday – and all are welcome to attend.

The Kinloss Abbey Trust are working to conserve what is left of the Abbey and its adjacent Abbot’s House – the latter now unsafe and fenced off.

Eventually the Trust are hoping to make the House available to the public once again with repairs to the stonework being carried out.

Saturday’s event provides an opportunity for people to see for themselves the work required on the historic site and enjoy a service being conducted by the Bishop of Moray that will reflect the Abbey’s medieval roots.

Kirsteen Mitcalfe told insideMORAY: “It is open to anyone who would like to come and join in. The singing will be led by the early music group Musick Fyne who will also be performing an early Scottish mass.

“This is an outdoor event and there is no seating at the Abbey – so people who wish to do so should bring their own chairs.”

Two years ago Moray Council agreed to meet costs of almost £16,000 for work that would help halt the deterioration of the Abbot’s House on the site – however, it later transpired that the critical state of the building would cost more to secure.

The Kinloss Abbey Trust received a legacy of £6000 from the estate of the late David Urquhart, that fortunately proving sufficient for the temporary work.

Saturday’s event will take place at 2pm and those attending are reminded to dress appropriately for the outdoor service.