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St. Machar Cathedral, excluding Scheduled Monument No 90001 'St Machar's Cathedral and Graveyard', The Chanonry, AberdeenLB19957

Status: Designated


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NJ 93905 8778
393905, 808778


1422-40; ceiling James Winter, 1518-31, spires added to towers at same period. Alterations, John Smith 1832, restoration James Matthews 1867 (with advice from Sir G.G. Scott, not entirely followed, ceiling largely renewed). Granite-built, mainly ashlar; 8 bays with clerestory and aisles, circular piers, flat ribbed ceiling with coats of arms; south porch; twin tower west front with machicolated parapets and spires, 7 narrow windows and large round-headed double doorway. 17th century monument to Bishop Scougal and other memorials. Restored 1926-9, A. Marshall Mackenzie & Son, material further removed. East window A.G.R. Mackenzie 1947.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such.

St Machar s Cathedral and graveyard is Scheduled Monument No 90001 and is excluded from the listing.

Listed building record and statutory address updated in 2015. Previously listed as St. Machar s Cathedral, Chanonry.



Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland: CANMORE ID 20216

Ordnance Survey (1866-7) Aberdeen Sheets LXXV.7.3 and LXXV.3.23. Large Scale Town Map. 1st Edition. London: Ordnance Survey.

MacGibbon, D. & Ross, T. (1896-7) The Ecclesiastical Architecture of Scotland. Vol. III. Edinburgh: D. Douglas. p.75.

Billings, R., W. (1901) The Baronial and Ecclesiastical Antiquities of Scotland. Vol 1. Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd.

Geddes, W.D. & Duguid, p. (1888), The Heraldic Ceiling of the Cathedral Church of St. Machar, Old Aberdeen. New Spalding Club.3.

Kelly, W. Carved Oak from St Nicholas Church, Aberdeen, Proceedings pf the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Vol LXVIII. p.360.

Contracts for new session house, raising and altering North aisle, Aberdeen Journal 18th April, 1832, available at (accessed 16 July 2015)

Further references from previous list description: W.Douglas Simpson in Country Life August 26th 1965

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