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Elgin Cathedral

A Scheduled Monument in Elgin City North, Moray

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Latitude: 57.6506 / 57°39'2"N

Longitude: -3.3053 / 3°18'19"W

OS Eastings: 322192

OS Northings: 863048

OS Grid: NJ221630

Mapcode National: GBR L86H.NM7

Mapcode Global: WH6J7.6Y9V

Entry Name: Elgin Cathedral

Scheduled Date: 6 February 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM90142

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Ecclesiastical: cathedral

Location: Elgin

County: Moray

Electoral Ward: Elgin City North

Traditional County: Morayshire


The monument consists of the surviving portions of Elgin Cathedral, its ancillary buildings, graveyard, boundary wall and gates

The remains consist of a nave with double aisles and N and S porches; twin western towers having a superb portal and window between them; transepts above which rose a great central tower (which collapsed in 1711); a choir with aisles and presbytery; and a detatched octagonal chapter-house, rebuilt in the 15th century.

The cathedral was founded in 1224 and dedicated to the Holy Trinity. Much of the remaining work is from that century; but in 1390 the cathedral was burnt by Alexander, earl of Buchan, also known as the "Wolf of Badenoch", and the ruins show traces of extensive early 15th-century rebuilding.

In the surviving ruins and in the detached fragments assembled on the site there is a wealth of moulded work, heraldic decoration, and figure sculpture; preserved in the nave is a standing cross-slab with Pictish symbols, which formerly stood in St Giles's kirkyard in Elgin.

The area to be scheduled includes the remains of the cathedral and chapter-house, the cathedral lodge, and the graveyard surrounding the cathedral up to and including the boundary wall and gates: an area measuring some 130m E-W by 90m N-S, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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