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Brechin Cathedral Round Tower

A Scheduled Monument in Brechin and Edzell, Angus

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Latitude: 56.7306 / 56°43'50"N

Longitude: -2.6616 / 2°39'41"W

OS Eastings: 359615

OS Northings: 760080

OS Grid: NO596600

Mapcode National: GBR WW.Z3YV

Mapcode Global: WH8RG.23T1

Entry Name: Brechin Cathedral Round Tower

Scheduled Date: 12 March 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM90041

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Ecclesiastical: tower

Location: Brechin

County: Angus

Electoral Ward: Brechin and Edzell

Traditional County: Angus


The monument consists of the round tower at the SW angle of the nave of Brechin Cathedral.

The round tower, with upward tapering walls, rises to a height of about 26.5m, from a base 5m in diameter. It is capped by a later stone spire. Its chief original feature is the carved doorway, which has a crucifixion at its apex, unidentified saints on the jambs and crouching beasts flanking the threshhold.

The tower is now embodied in the SW corner of the cathedral nave, and a doorway (now blocked) has been cut through its wall to give access from the cathedral. However, the tower was almost certainly originally free-standing. A religious community of some sort is known to have been on the site from at least the 970s, though the tower is unlikely to date from much before 1100. The spire is probably of the 15th century.

The area to be scheduled is circular, 5m in diameter, to include the tower and the ground below it, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is one of only two round towers of Irish type definitely known to have been built in Scotland, and because of the outstanding value of the sculptured decoration.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Designation TypeListed Building (A)StatusRemoved

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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