Chapel at Innerpeffray

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How is that for building close to your neighbours? Well, not exactly neighbours but there could be some argument as to how you paint the bit of the wall between the two buildings. It would need to be a very thin person or a brush with a very long handle!

There is this magnificent carved stone in the chapel. Well worth a visit to see that in itself. There is the remains of a painted ceiling and along the walls there are memorial stones to members of the Drummond family. The little doorway at the western end of the building leads to narrow stairs which take you up to a small room. This is where the Library of Innerpeffray began, about 1680, when David Drummond, 3rd Lord Madertie, housed his collection of books there and began to allow people to borrow his books. It was the first, free, public lending library in Scotland. The ‘purpose built’ library opened in 1763 and it couldn’t have been built any closer to the original one.