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Dunkeld Cathedral excluding scheduled monument SM90119LB5631

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Last Date Amended
Local Authority
Perth And Kinross
Planning Authority
Perth And Kinross
Dunkeld And Dowally
NO 2413 42594
302413, 742594


The Choir of the cathedral is in use as parish church.

Choir: The choir is 4-bay without aisles, measuring around 31m by 9m. It was first constructed in the 13th century and was altered in the early 14th century. Parts of interior north wall of the choir are arcaded and the south wall has a sedilia with cinquefoil arches. The choir was re-roofed in 1600, renovated in 1691, and repaired in 1762: when the windows had their tracery replaced/repaired, and new pinnacles were added and parapet was renovated in 1814-18, by the architect Archibald Elliot. It was re-roofed and re-furnished by Dunn & Watson, architects in 1908.

Chapter House: The chapter house is a 2-storey structure located on the north side of choir. It was constructed sometime around 1450-75. The ground floor is vaulted in two compartments.

The chapter house and choir contain a number of carved stones and burial monuments:

Choir – A Celtic cross slab with sculptured figures. A red sandstone cross slab with hollow rounded angles. An effigy of Bishop William Sinclair (14th century). An effigy of a knight in full amour believed to be that of Alexander Stewart, 1st Earl of Buchan (commonly known as the Wolf of Badenoch) died 1406. A memorial to the 42nd Highlanders, by Steell in 1872.

Chapter House – The chapter house contains two monuments to the Atholl family: one to the Marquess of Atholl from the early 17th century and a second to the 4th Duke of Atholl in marble dating to 1833.

In accordance with Section 1 (4A) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 the following are excluded from the listing: scheduled monument SM90119 (see separate designation record).

Statement of Special Interest

Choir ecclesiastical in use as such. Chapter House burial place of Atholl family. Nave & tower guardianship monument and scheduled monument (see separate designation record SM90119).

In accordance with Section 1 (4A) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 the following are excluded from the listing: scheduled monument SM90119 (see separate designation record).

Statutory address revised in 2018. Previously listed as DUNKELD CATHEDRAL .



OSA. (1791-9) The statistical account of Scotland, drawn up from the communications of the ministers of the different parishes, in Sinclair, J (Sir. Edinburgh. Page(s): Vol. 20, 418-24

NSA. (1834-1845) The new statistical account of Scotland by the ministers of the respective parishes under the superintendence of a committee of the society for the benefit of the sons and daughters of the clergy, 15v. Edinburgh. Page(s): Vol. 10, 968-87

MacGibbon and Ross, D and T. (1896-7) The ecclesiastical architecture of Scotland from the earliest Christian times to the seventeenth century , 3v. Edinburgh. Page(s): Vol. 3, 28-47

Description of the Scenery of Dunkeld and Blair in Atholl (1823) p. 35.

Cooper, Rev Prof. (1913) Dunkeld Cathedral , Trans Scot Eccles Soc, vol. 4, 1, 1912-13. Page(s): 21-36

Dunkeld Rentale. (1915) Rentale Dunkeldense, being accounts of the bishopric (AD 1505-1517) with Myln s Lives of the Bishops (AD 1483-1517) and a note on the Cathedral Church by F C Eeles, in Hannay, R K. Edinburgh.

Nicholson and Spooner, Sir C and C. (1991) Recent English ecclesiastical architecture: a series of illustrations of notable modern work with prefatory articles. 2nd. London. Page(s): 191-193.

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Dunkeld Cathedral

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    Designation Type
    Listed Building (B)
  2. Dunkeld CathedralSM90119

    Designation Type
    Scheduled Monument

    Designation Type
    Garden & Designed Landscape
  4. Battle of DunkeldBTL32

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