List of cathedrals in Scotland

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This is a list of cathedrals in Scotland. A cathedral church is a Christian place of worship that is the chief, or 'mother' church of a diocese and is distinguished as such by being the location for the cathedra or bishop's seat. In the strictest sense, only those Christian denominations with an episcopal hierarchy possess cathedrals. However the label 'cathedral' remains in common parlance for notable churches that were formerly part of an episcopal denomination, such as is the case with many former Scottish cathedrals, which are now within the Presbyterian Church of Scotland.

Church of Scotland[edit]

The Church of Scotland is no longer governed by bishops, and so officially has no cathedrals. However, buildings that were cathedrals prior to the Reformation, or in periods of the church's history when it did have an episcopacy, are still commonly called 'cathedrals'. They are often denoted by the title "High Kirk".

Scottish Episcopal Church[edit]

Image Name and dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
Aberdeen, St. Andrew's Cathedral - geograph.org.uk - 598057.jpg Aberdeen Cathedral
Cathedral Church of St Andrew
Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney 1817
[1]
57°08′57″N 2°05′34″W / 57.1490454°N 2.0928955°W / 57.1490454; -2.0928955 (St Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen)
St Paul's Cathedral, Dundee.jpg Dundee Cathedral
Cathedral Church of St Paul
Diocese of Brechin 1855
[2]
56°27′40″N 2°58′05″W / 56.4610153°N 2.9680869°W / 56.4610153; -2.9680869 (St Paul's Cathedral, Dundee)
St Mary's 3 spires.jpg Edinburgh Cathedral
Cathedral Church of St Mary
Diocese of Edinburgh 1879
[3]
55°56′55″N 3°12′59″W / 55.948595°N 3.216269°W / 55.948595; -3.216269 (St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh)
Wfm st marys cathedral.jpg Glasgow Cathedral
Cathedral Church of St Mary the Virgin
Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway 1871
[4]
55°52′24″N 4°16′30″W / 55.8734329°N 4.2749262°W / 55.8734329; -4.2749262 (St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow)
River Ness.jpg Inverness Cathedral
Cathedral Church of St Andrew
Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness 1869
[5]
57°28′28″N 4°13′45″W / 57.4744737°N 4.2291141°W / 57.4744737; -4.2291141 (St Andrew's Cathedral, Inverness)
Cathedral of the isles.jpg Millport Cathedral
Cathedral of The Isles and Collegiate Church of the Holy Spirit
Diocese of Argyll and The Isles 1882
Cathedral of The Isles [6]
55°45′20″N 4°55′27″W / 55.7555746°N 4.924171°W / 55.7555746; -4.924171 (The Cathedral of The Isles, Great Cumbrae)
Oban, cathedral church of St. John the Divine - geograph.org.uk - 922762.jpg Oban Cathedral
Cathedral Church of St John the Divine
Diocese of Argyll and The Isles 1864
co-cathedral with Millport [7]
St Ninian's Cathedral, Perth (Scotland).jpg Perth Cathedral
Cathedral Church of St Ninian
Diocese of Saint Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane 1850
[8]

Roman Catholic Church[edit]

Province of St Andrews and Edinburgh[edit]

Image Name and dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
St Mary's Cathedral, Aberdeen-2.jpg Aberdeen Cathedral
Cathedral Church of St Mary of the Assumption
Diocese of Aberdeen 1880
[9]
57°08′43″N 2°06′23″W / 57.1453812°N 2.1064199°W / 57.1453812; -2.1064199 (St Mary's Cathedral, Aberdeen)
Smc ayr.jpg Ayr Cathedral
Cathedral Church of St Margaret
Diocese of Galloway 1822
translated from Good Shepherd, St John's Street
Church on Nethergate street.jpg Dundee Cathedral
Cathedral Church of St Andrew
Diocese of Dunkeld 1782
56°27′27″N 2°58′29″W / 56.4574399°N 2.9746985°W / 56.4574399; -2.9746985 (St Andrew's Cathedral, Dundee)
St Mary's Metropolitan Cathedral Edinburgh.jpg Edinburgh Cathedral
Cathedral and Metropolitan Church of St Mary
Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh 1814
Mother church of the Province of St Andrew's and Edinburgh [10]
55°57′22″N 3°11′16″W / 55.956057°N 3.187827°W / 55.956057; -3.187827 (St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh)
St Columbas Cathedral, UK.jpg Oban Cathedral
Cathedral Church of St Columba
Diocese of Argyll and the Isles 1932
[11]

Province of Glasgow[edit]

Image Name and dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
Wfm st andrews cathedral glasgow.jpg Glasgow Cathedral
Cathedral and Metropolitan Church of St Andrew
Diocese of Glasgow 1797
[12]
55°51′20″N 4°15′10″W / 55.855461°N 4.252897°W / 55.855461; -4.252897 (St Andrew's Cathedral, Glasgow)
Motherwell Cathedral
Cathedral Church of Our Lady of Good Aid
Diocese of Motherwell 1947
Church consecrated in 1929. 55°47′29″N 3°59′13″W / 55.79128°N 3.98704°W / 55.79128; -3.98704 (Motherwell Cathedral)
PaisleyRCCathedral.JPG Paisley Cathedral
Cathedral Church of St Mirin
Diocese of Paisley 1948
Church consecrated in 1931. 55°50′51″N 4°25′00″W / 55.847533°N 4.4165844°W / 55.847533; -4.4165844 (Paisley Cathedral)

Greek Orthodox Church, also serving other Orthodox communities[edit]

Image Name and dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
Greek Orthodox Church Glasgow.jpg Glasgow Orthodox Cathedral
Cathedral Church of St Luke
1954
1877 Belhaven Presbyterian Church [13]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

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