St Paul's Cathedral, Dundee

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St Paul's Cathedral
The Cathedral Church of Saint Paul
St. Pauls Cathedral, High Street (geograph 2458647).jpg
DenominationScottish Episcopal Church
ChurchmanshipBroad Church
DedicationSaint Paul
Consecrated1 November 1865
Architect(s)George Gilbert Scott
Architectural typeChurch
StyleGothic Revival
Groundbreaking21 July 1853
Number of spires1
Bishop(s)Andrew Swift

St. Paul's Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral in the city of Dundee, Scotland. It is the cathedral and administrative centre of the Diocese of Brechin in the Scottish Episcopal Church.


In 1847, Alexander Penrose Forbes was elected new Bishop of Brechin and chose to make Dundee his permanent residence.

At the time of Bishop Forbes' arrival, St. Paul's Chapel met in rooms in nearby Castle Street, which Forbes considered to be dreary and "unworthy of the worship of the Almighty". Thus, he "urged his people to take on the holy work of building, to the glory of God, a stately church",[1] a place which would offer refuge to the many poor that lived in the surrounding tenements.

The foundation stone of the cathedral was laid on 21 July 1853 and it was completed in 1855.[2] It was designed by George Gilbert Scott and is in the style of the Middle or Decorated period of Gothic architecture.

The total cost of the building exceeded £14,000, and ten years passed before the congregation could pay off all the debts incurred. The church was dedicated on All Saints Day, 1 November 1865.[2]

St. Paul's was raised to cathedral status in 1905 and is now a category A listed building.[3]

There is a peal of 8 bells; the tenor bell weighs 23 cwt.[4]


  1. ^ Perry, William (1939). Alexander Penrose Forbes,: Bishop of Brechin, the Scottish Pusey. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. ASIN B00086G3HK.
  2. ^ a b Gough, John Edward; Notes on the History and Fabric of the Church of St. Paul, Dundee; Winter, Duncan & Co., Castle Street, Dundee; 1888
  3. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Castle Hill, St Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, including Steps and Boundary Wall (Category A Listed Building) (LB24997)". Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  4. ^ Dove Bellringer's Guide; 6th ed., 1982, p. 181

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Coordinates: 56°27′40″N 2°58′5″W / 56.46111°N 2.96806°W / 56.46111; -2.96806