Historic Cullen church will echo with song during fundraiser

The Laird's Loft at Cullen Auld Kirk

The Laird’s Loft at Cullen Auld Kirk. Click image for history and more pictures.

A historic Moray church will echo with song during a fundraising concert aimed at keeping the ancient building open.

Cullen and Deskford Church was built in 1236 and has links to Robert the Bruce, as well as being a prominent landmark in the region.

However, it has emerged that the failing building is likely to be shut down on health and safety grounds within the next decade – unless urgent repairs are performed.

Earlier this year, church leaders mounted an ambitious campaign to preserve the venue after learning that those upgrades could cost as much as £600,000.

Now the Military Wives Choir attached to the Kinloss Army Barracks has joined the battle to protect the cherished place of worship.

King Robert the Bruce pledged the picturesque kirk an “eternal” bequest which is still being kept up.

The 14th century monarch decreed that the sum of five Scots pounds be given to what is now Cullen and Deskford church for the generosity the congregation showed after the death of his wife after falling from her horse while visiting in 1327.

The concert will take place at 7.30pm on Friday, July 21, and choir members are busy finalising their setlist for the performance.

• Full story at the Aberdeen Press & Journal.
• History and photographs at Scotland’s Churches Trust.