St. Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh

Cathedral Church of Saint Mary the Virgin This cathedral is the mother church of the Diocese of Edinburgh in the Scottish Episcopal Church. It is the see of the Bishop of Edinburgh. It was built in the late 19th Century to a Gothic design by Sir George Gilbert Scott. It’s spire reaches a height of…

St. Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh

St. Giles’ Cathedral or the High Kirk of Edinburgh is a parish church in the Church of Scotland. It is located in the Old Town of Edinburgh. The first stone church of St. Giles’ was built around 1124 in the Romanesque style. Very little of this first church survives. The core of the building that…

Glasgow Cathedral

This cathedral, also known as the ‘High Kirk of Glasgow’, St. Kentigern’s or St. Mungo’s Cathedral is the oldest cathedral in Scotland and also the oldest building in Glasgow. The congregation is part of the established Church of Scotland and the building is maintained by Scottish Heritage on behalf of the Scottish Government. The site…

St. Mary’s Cathedral, Aberdeen

The Cathedral Church of St. Mary of the Assumption St. Mary’s is the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Aberdeen and is the home of the see of the Bishop of Aberdeen, who is the ordinary of the Diocese of Aberdeen in the Province of St. Andrew’s and Edinburgh. The building was designed by local architect, Alexander…

St. Paul’s Cathedral, Dundee

St. Paul’s is an Anglican cathedral in the city of Dundee. It is the Mother Church of the Diocese of Brechin in the Scottish Episcopal Church. In 1847, the new Bishop of Brechin, Alexander Forbes, decided to make Dundee permanent residence. He urged his people ‘to take on the holy work of building, to the…

Dunblane Cathedral

Christianity was first established in Dunblane in the year 602 by followers of St. Blane. The cathedral dates back to the 12th Century and most of what stands today was constructed during the bishopric of Clement (1233-58). When he died, the Lady Chapel had been built and most of the cathedral as it largely stands…

St. Machar’s Cathedral, Aberdeen

Cathedral Church of St. Machar, Old Aberdeen This is a Church of Scotland church located in the former Burgh of Old Aberdeen. Technically it is no longer a cathedral but rather a ‘High Kirk’ as it has not been the seat of a bishop since 1690. The settlement of 1690 ended many years of strife…

St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Aberdeen

Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew This is the mother church of the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney in the Scottish Episcopal Church. It is also the seat of the Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney. The church is famous for being where the first bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States of America, Samuel…