Aberlour Orphanage

Aberlour Orphanage main buildings in their heyday.Founded in 1875 by the Reverend Charles Jupp, the original premises were located at 'Burnside' at the West side of the village and were replaced by a much larger development in 1889. This 20 acre site near St. Margaret's Church eventually included the Orphanage, School, Clock Tower and Farm Buildings. Further developments followed fires in 1931 and 1937 such as a new wing, opened in 1939.

In its heyday the Orphanage provided a refuge for over 1000 children at any one time but, by the 1960s, developments in Social Care reduced the demands for placements at the Orphanage and closure came in 1967.

The Oraphanage site, located off Conval Drive, Aberlour, was sold off for a housing development but the Central Clock Tower still remains and was restored between 2000 and 2004.

A Community Effort, assisted by the BBC's 'Beechgrove Garden' team developed a Memorial Garden on part of the old site, just off Farm Close, Aberlour. Centerpiece of the display is statue with plaques depicting the history of the Orphanage.


Aberlour Orphanage Clock Towere as it looks now


Clock Tower Statue/Garden

 Clock Tower

 Clock Tower Statue/Garden

  Clock Tower
If you were a former pupil or resident of Aberlour, you can leave a message on the guest book below. If you recognise a name from the past send them an e-mail by clicking on their "name". If you find a long lost friend let us know how you get on at the Speyside Community web group

 Link to Aberlour Child Care Trust

 Link to Photo Albums 

Link to extract of Aberlour Alumni Duncan Pryde's book "Ten Year's of Eskimo life."
 Orphanage reunion website

 Aberlour Community web

Dates from the past

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