Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NO 59625 60091
359625, 760091


Main fabric dates from 12th century onwards. Aisleless choir

first pointed Gothic. West front and 70' tower begun 13th

century, completed 14th century. 58' stone spire added 15th

century, vaulted ground floor. 5-bay nave with octagonal

piers on south and alternately octagonal and clustered on

north. East responds and 2 piers of first pointed period,

the rest later. Clearstorey windows over piers, concealed

when nave reroofed and aisles rebuilt in single span in

1806 original transepts demolished same date. General

restoration 1899-1902, John Honeyman (Glasgow) architect.

South aisle and transept rebuilt in approximately original

form New north aisle and porch. Chancel restored in form

shorter than original. Queen's Aisle added on north rich

late decorated treatment. Fine stained glass by Henry

Holiday, William Wilson and others.

Statement of Special Interest

Bishoprics of Brechin and Dunblane founded towards close of reign of David I from the remains of the old Pictish Bishopric of Abernethy.



Ecc. Arch. Vol.II pp. 203-215 (illustrated and plan).

D B Thomas Guide to Brechin Cathedral.

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 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.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but 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. 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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