Scheduled Monument

Dunkeld CathedralSM90119

Status: Designated


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The legal document available for download below constitutes the formal designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The additional details provided on this page are provided for information purposes only and do not form part of the designation. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within this additional information.


Date Added
Ecclesiastical: cathedral
Local Authority
Perth And Kinross
Dunkeld And Dowally
NO 02378 42615
302378, 742615


The monument consists of the nave, NW tower and S porch of the medieval cathedral of Dunkeld, together with the parkland immediately around it and an area to the N and W where the chanonry is known to have extended. The choir of the cathedral is excluded.

The parts of the cathedral to be scheduled date from a period of late medieval building campaigns instigated by Bishop Cardeny in 1406. They consist of an aisled nave of seven bays, with a three-storeyed elevation, to which a S porch and NW tower were added by Bishop Lauder before 1483.

Immediately around the cathedral is an area of enclosed parkland, while woodland to the W and parkland and farmland to the N covers the site of the chanonry, although the modern field called St Ninian's Croft also includes the site of Dunkeld House, built by Sir William Bruce for the Marquess of Atholl.

The area to be scheduled includes the nave, S porch and NW tower of the cathedral, but excludes the choir, which acts as the modern parish church. The area to be scheduled also includes the enclosed parkland around the cathedral and part of the woodland to the W plus the E part of St Ninian's Croft to the N, where the chanonry once extended.

The area is iregular on plan, with maximum (diagonal) dimensions of 450m NNE-SSW by 295m NW-SE, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance because of its high architectural qualities as one of the most complete Scottish cathedrals, and because of the way in which its construction is documented in written accounts. It has important archaeological potential, not least because of this record which is capable of testing by excavation and analysis, to investigate the completeness of the documentary record.



About Scheduled Monuments

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Scheduling is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for monuments and archaeological sites of national importance as set out in the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

We schedule sites and monuments that are found to be of national importance using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Scheduled monument records provide an indication of the national importance of the scheduled monument which has been identified by the description and map. The description and map (see ‘legal documents’ above) showing the scheduled area is the designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The statement of national importance and additional information provided are supplementary and provided for general information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within the statement of national importance or additional information. These records are not definitive historical or archaeological accounts or a complete description of the monument(s).

The format of scheduled monument records has changed over time. Earlier records will usually be brief. Some information will not have been recorded and the map will not be to current standards. Even if what is described and what is mapped has changed, the monument is still scheduled.

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