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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 60212 65399
260212, 665399


John Honeyman, architect, 1878. Italianate Baroque

church with tower to NW and apsidal narthex to N gable.

Rectangular church with galleried interior and extensive

basements. 6-bay regular W front with advanced taller

outside bays (that to N rising to tower).

Polished cream sandstone, all stonecleaned. Rough

rusticated to basement, channelled to ground.

W ELEVATION: entrance to SW round-arched, keystoned with

vermiculated rusticated surrounds. Recessed double-leaf

panelled doors. Basement windows depressed arch with

keystone. Square-headed to ground with bold voussoirs.

Main windows (to gallery) tall round-arched with

pilastered reveals and moulded archivolts, margin-pane


Outer bays channelled to 1st, pedimented niches with

statues. To inner bays pilasters divide bays with

engaged Corinthian columns which support impost block.

Richly moulded eaves band with dentil course, deep

mutuled cornice. Balustraded parapet with statues.

Piended slate roofs. To SW angle taller end bay

balancing tower, solid tall parapet with advanced angles

rising to urn finials. Tower rises for 2 stages above

eaves, pilastered 1st stage with niches, cornice over.

Top stage pilastered tempietto with urns at base angles.

Octagonal dome with diminutive lantern rising to cross


N ELEVATION: full-height apsidal 3-light narthex with

pilastered windows.

E ELEVATION: squared rubble with 5 arched lights.

INTERIOR: richly finished interior, U-plan galleries to 3

sides supported on slender cast-iron columns, gallery

front panelled, stencilled and partly gilded. To S,

elaborate carved raised pulpit on raised dais with

magnificent organ with partly stencilled pipes behind. To

S gable large 3-light stained glass window. All original

pews and church furniture. Elaborate ceiling with plaster

beams cornicing, and roses. To N apsidal narthex

separated from body of church by acid etched glazed

=screen. Elaborate Corinthian screen to ground, curved

forestair. Ground floor windows architraved with

perron stair gives access to galleries.


elevation low coped polished ashlar wall supports good

decorative cast-iron railings. Further to N solid ashlar

wall with pedimented gateway gives access to main

entrance at apsidal narthex.

14 CATHEDRAL SQUARE, CHURCH HOUSE: 2-storey house on

raised basement, polished ashlar upper floors, rusticated

to ground. Wedge-shaped plan, regular 3-bay front to

Cathedral Square with entrance to S flank via curved

cornices, 1st floor with small square attic windows. All

sash and case with 4-pane glazing.

Moulded band courses over basement and at 1st cills,

eaves cornice, piended slate roofs. Rubble rear


Statement of Special Interest

Part of Cathedral Square A group. Ecclesiastical building in

use as such. Original decoration scheme for interior Peter

Darroch and Co, described in JDA, Vol vii, supplement

(Oct 1887).



Gomme and Walker 1987, pp.155-157, 309. A M Doak (ed), 1977,

p.97. Information by courtesy of the Buildings of Scotland

Research Unit.

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