The Sacred Heart,
On Thursday 8th.JuIy 1909, the Church of The
was opened by Bishop Chisholm, of Aberdeen, with Mass being celebrated
Colin Mackenzie, of Glenlivet.
This beautiful little church is built on rising
the south the Burgh of Aberlour, and commands a wide view of the valley
At one extremity it looks across at Ben Aigen;
other there are seen the rugged slopes of Ben Rinnes and the wooded
The building cost £1,250, and the Church
can seat 100
The design was the work of Mr.A.Macpherson
Externally the walls are of hammer dressed
Internally the Sanctuary is divided from the Nave by a simple rood
surmounted by a calvary. The interior fittings are in pitch pine.
The Church was built to serve the Catholic
Rothes to Blacksboat as a mission station served from Dufflown.
By its connection with Dufftown,
The Church of The Sacred Heart traces a historical association with the
mission of the Church in the Cabrach.
Shenval, in the Cabrach, ranks amongst the
Roman Catholic stations in the Highlands.
In 1746 it was burned by the Duke of
soldiers, and after that event, Mass was said in a barn until 1780,
when a new
Chapel was built.
Protestants as well as Catholics, we are told,
Minister himself, helped to provide the materials for the building.
Around the year 1790, it was considered that it
more convenient for both priests and people, to remove the headquarters
Cabrach mission from Shenval to the farm of Upper Keithock, in
In 1817, when the burgh of Dufflown was being
station was moved there, as it would be more central, and on the main
Glenlivet and the upper missions of the Cabrach.
The Church in Dufftown was built in 1825 and
Shenval is now almost completely depopulated, and nothing remains to
the Chapel once stood, it is represented today in its daughter Church
Dufftown, and she in turn has provided yet another daughter Church in