Church of St Mary the Virgin, Arbroath

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St Mary the Virgin's Church, Arbroath
Denomination Scottish Episcopal Church
Churchmanship Anglo-Catholic
Dedication St Mary the Virgin
Diocese Brechin
Rector Rev. Canon Dr John Cuthbert

Church of St Mary the Virgin is a Scottish Episcopal Church, in Arbroath, Angus, Scotland. It is part of the Diocese of Brechin.

Church building[edit]

The church building in Ponderlaw was erected in 1852-54 to the designs of John Henderson of Edinburgh. Robert Lorimer contributed the chancel screen and panelling in 1927.[1]

The church has a large oblong nave and north aisle with chancel and side chapel. The tower with lucarned spire is at the north-west of the nave and the spire is a prominent landmark on the skyline of the town. The materials are snecked rubble stone and slate. It was listed as Category B in 1971.[2]

History of the congregation[edit]

The Episcopalians were driven out of Arbroath parish church in 1694 and met in a series of meeting houses in the town. A Qualified congregation was formed about 1760.[3] After the Episcopal and Qualified congregations joined in 1806 they worshipped in the former Qualified chapel, St Mary's which was sold in 1859 after the present church was built.[4] St Ninian's United Free Church stands on the site of the former St Mary's.[5]


Church records for St Mary's are at University of Dundee Archives among the Brechin Diocesan Library Manuscripts.[6]


  1. ^ Dictionary of Scottish Architects
  2. ^ Listing text
  3. ^ Scottish Episcopal Clergy, 1689-2000 edited by David Bertie, p650
  4. ^ Scottish Episcopal Clergy, 1689-2000 edited by David Bertie
  5. ^ Scottish Churches website
  6. ^ "University of Dundee Archives Services the Collections". University of Dundee. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 

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Coordinates: 56°33′41″N 2°34′33″W / 56.5613°N 2.5757°W / 56.5613; -2.5757