Skip to content
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


There are no additional online documents for this record.



  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 12/07/1963


  • Local Authority: Dundee
  • Planning Authority: Dundee
  • Burgh: Dundee

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NO 40449 30284
  • Coordinates: 340449, 730284


Sir George Gilbert Scott, 1853. Cruciform-plan, Gothic Revival style cathedral church with canted apse, lateral-gabled aisles and spired entrance tower at (ecclesiastical) W end. Stugged and snecked sandstone rubble with cream ashlar dressings, grey slate roof. Base course, continuous cill course, buttressed aisles and angles; pointed windows with geometric tracery and hoodmoulds, 2-light to apse and chancel, 3-light to lateral gables, 4-light to transepts; ashlar-coped parapet to aisles, sawtooth-coped skews, cross-finials at apse and transepts, weathercock finial to spire. 4-stage tower with vice and cap-house at NE angle.

FRONT (ECCLESIASTICAL W) ELEVATION TO N: tower to centre; multiple-moulded pointed arch doorpiece in pedimented panel with nook shafts, flanked by buttresses terminating with baldacchinos at 2nd stage, 2-light window to centre of 2nd stage with 2 small windows above, corbelled pierced-parapet walks with gargoyles at angles between 2nd and 3rd stages and at wallhead, paired louvred apertures at 3rd stage in recessed panels rising through 4th stage to further large, paired 2-light louvred apertures (also at S and W elevations); set-back

octagonal stone spire with baldacchinos at angles and gabled dormers, lucarnes. Aisles recessed to left and right with 2-light window.

E ELEVATION: 4 aisle gables to right with windows, transept gable to left with window at left return, lower pentice-roofed chapel (organ chamber) at left re-entrant with chancel window above and to left.

W ELEVATION: similar to E elevation.

S (ECCLESIASTICAL E) ELEVATION: canted apse with buttresses and windows to centre, window to pentice-roofed chapels recessed to left and right.

INTERIOR: ashlar entrance porch with rib-vaulted ceiling, paired pointed trefoil-headed doors to nave, single door to vice; ashlar cluster columns and moulded pointed arches to nave, painted plaster walls, timber collar brace roof, ashlar rib-vaulted chancel. Marble altar, cluster columned crocketted pediment with flanking finials, mosaic reredos by Salviati (of Venice); paired marble piscina; marble sedilia with colonettes and pedimented canopies; marble tomb of Bishop Forbes with supine figure and pedimented canopy. Pulpit with decoratively carved timber sounding board; ashlar font incorporating parts of a font from Lindores Abbey, Fife. Lady chapel has marble dado and altar removed here from the former St Paul's Chapel in Castle

Street (also listed), later mosaic reredos; St Roque's chapel altar

and reredos removed here from the former St Roque's Church, lackscroft. 3-manual organ by Hill and Son, London, 1865. Stained glass windows by Hardman of Birmingham, Scott and Draper of Carlisle, and Gibbs of London. Armoir incorporating carved panels originating from Lindores Abbey. Various memorials, including a plaque commemorating Patrick Chalmers, and his father James Chalmers, a stationer of Castle Street who invented the adhesive postage stamp. (See NOTES at 10 Castle


STEPS AND BOUNDARY WALL: flight of steps with coped flanking walls to main entrance; coped rubble boundary wall adjoining similar wall to Castle Hill House at E, with plaque recording the site of Dundee Castle, and events connected with William Wallace, the Chevalier de St George, and Admiral Duncan.

Statement of Special Interest

St Paul's Cathedral is an ecclesiastical building in use as such, built for the high churchman Bishop Alexander Penrose Forbes on the castle rock of the medieval castle of Dundee.



McKEAN AND WALKER (1993), pp19-20.

About Designations

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.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

Find out more about listing and our other designations at You can contact us on 0131 668 8716 or at


There are no images available for this record.

Printed: 26/10/2016 20:06