Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 93956 8149
393956, 808149


Begun 1500 (inscription) dated 1504; leaded 1506; crown blown

down 1633, replaced with Renaissance termination 1634

designed Dr. Wm. Gordon (professor of medicine) executed

George Thomson, fleche releaded 1655, William Scot; lower

part of S. wall refaced in granite (buildings removed) 1775;

restored and screen moved 1873 Robert Mathieson;

further restoration work 1890-1. Sir R.R. Anderson; centre

window of apse reinstated Dr. Kelly 1931. Aisleless, ashlar

(freestone) built, 122'6" x 28', 6 bays and 3-sided apse with

stout buttresses large traceried windows N-side and apse,

small windows high up on S. Squat S.W. tower with crown top,

99' high. Interior: ribbed arched wooden ceiling; original

stalls and other woodwork probably John Fendour.

Statement of Special Interest

Part of Old Aberdeen 'A' Group.



Ecc. Arch. v. III p. 287

Billings v.1.

Wm. Kelly in W. Douglas Simpson, A Tribute to Dr. Kelly and

P.S.A.S. LXVIII p.363;

F.C. Eales, King's College Chapel, Aberdeen.

W. Douglas Simpson in Country Life

Aug. 26th 1965.

Chapman & Riley, pls. 34, 63, p.147.

Plans, King's College Library.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The statutory listing address is the legal part of the listing. The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. For information about curtilage see Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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