Rafford, parish

Grid reference

NJ 059 561 (accurate position)

Six-figure easting & northing

305900 856100





Nearby places

St Leonard's Chapel, Forres (1.39 miles)

Altyre, former parish, Rafford (1.57 miles)

Wester Lawrenceton, Forres (1.64 miles)

Easter Lawrenceton, Rafford (2.02 miles)

St Laurence's Church, Forres (2.24 miles)

Object Classification

Parish (extant in 1975)

Is linear feature?



It is not certain that this site is that of the medieval church. NMRS - Rafford is described as 'ecclesia de Ruffus' in a 13th c. charter. Dr Reeves suggests that this is a dedication to St. Maelrubha, who died in 722 [but this should be treated with profound suspicion] There is no evidence to show whether or not this church occupied the site of the present ruins - which are probably those of a church which was in use from 1754 until 1826, when the present church was built. The ruins are described in 1870 as being a portion of 'the ancient Parish Church covered by a low modern roof'. W Reeves 1862; Statistical Account (OSA) 1795 (W Stephen); New Statistical Account (NSA) 1845 (C MacKay); Name Book 1870.


Relationships with other parishes

Contains Altyre, former parish, Rafford

Contains Kinloss, modern parish (formerly)

most of, till 1657

Parish details

Rafford till 1657 including most of parish of Kinloss KSS

Parish TLA




Medieval diocese