In 2001 the Scottish Episcopal Church determined that St Margaret’s was no longer required by the diocese. In seeking to secure a future for the building, the Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney offered ownership to the Scottish Redundant Churches Trust (SRCT), a national charity established for the preservation of historic places of worship. Instead, the SRCT opted to work with the diocese and the Braemar community to first identify an opportunity for St Margaret’s that would be beneficial for the building and the village. But consultation and appraisal failed to yield solutions and in 2003 the church, disused and deteriorating, was placed on the Buildings at Risk Register.
The former Scottish Episcopal Church of St Margaret is a monument to Braemar’s Victorian heyday – a period of unprecedented development in the second half of the 19th century which saw the village transformed into a fashionable holiday destination that welcomed royalty, prime Ministers, and leading society figures.