Inverness Cathedral

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St Andrew's Cathedral
The Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew
Cathair-Eaglais Inbhir Nis
St Andrews Cathedral Inverness Scotland from Bishops road.jpg
St Andrew's Cathedral from Bishops Road
St Andrew's Cathedral is located in Highland
St Andrew's Cathedral
St Andrew's Cathedral
57°28′28″N 4°13′45″W / 57.47444°N 4.22917°W / 57.47444; -4.22917Coordinates: 57°28′28″N 4°13′45″W / 57.47444°N 4.22917°W / 57.47444; -4.22917
DenominationScottish Episcopal Church
ChurchmanshipHigh Church[1]
Founder(s)Bishop Robert Eden
DedicationSt Andrew
Architectural typeChurch
StyleGothic Revival
Years built1866-1869
DioceseMoray, Ross & Caithness
Bishop(s)Mark Strange
Provost and rectorSarah Murray

Inverness Cathedral (Scottish Gaelic: Cathair-Eaglais Inbhir Nis), also known as the Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew (1866–69), is a cathedral of the Scottish Episcopal Church situated in the city of Inverness in Scotland close to the banks of the River Ness. It is the seat of the Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness, ordinary of the Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness. The cathedral is the northernmost extant diocesan cathedral in mainland Britain - Dornoch Cathedral, Fortrose Cathedral and Elgin Cathedral are no longer acting as diocesan cathedrals. It was the first new Protestant cathedral to be completed in Great Britain since the Reformation.


Bishop Robert Eden decided that the Cathedral for the united Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness should be in Inverness. The foundation stone was laid by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Charles Longley, in 1866[2] and construction was complete by 1869, although a lack of funds precluded the building of the two giant spires of the original design. The architect was Alexander Ross, who was based in the city. The cathedral is built of red Tarradale stone, with the nave columns of Peterhead granite.

The cathedral congregation began as a mission in 1853, on the opposite side (east) of the River Ness.


The Cathedral contains a ring of ten bells, which are noted as being the most northerly peal of change-ringing bells in a church in the world.[3] The tenor bell weighs 17 cwt.[4]

List of Provosts[edit]

The following have served as Provost of Inverness Cathedral:


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Blagdon-Gamlen, P. E. (1973) The Church Travellers Directory. London: Church Literature Association; p. 81
  2. ^ Gerald Stranraer-Mull: Steps on the Way: the journey of the Scottish Episcopal Church 1513-2013
  3. ^ "Ringing the changes has a-peal". Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  4. ^ Dove Bellringer's Guide; 6th ed., 1982, p. 181

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