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St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh (Roman Catholic)

st mary's cathedral edinburgh (roman catholic)
The Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption is a Roman Catholic church located in Edinburgh, Scotland It is the seat of the Archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh, and the mother church of Scots Catholicism1


  • 1 History
  • 2 Presentwhen
  • 3 Cafe Camino
  • 4 Architectural notes
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


The Chapel of St Mary's was opened in 1814, and was originally designed by James Gillespie Graham The church was considerably embellished over the years, and in 1878 on the restoration of the Scottish hierarchy it became the pro-cathedral of the new Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh It was renamed the Metropolitan Cathedral on 5 July 1886 with all the rights and privileges appertaining to such a Church The contains the National Shrine of St Andrew2

The cathedral has been enlarged, rebuilt and remodelled many times over the years, with the last major structural changes commencing in the 1970s Pope John Paul II visited St Mary's in May 1982 as part of his pastoral visit to Scotland

Concerts, recitals and theatre pieces are held in the building during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe each August3


  • Mgr Patrick Burke, VG administrator; Fr Nick Welsh
  • Fr Tadeusz Puton SAC non-resident, Chaplain of the Polish Mission4

Cafe Caminoedit

The cathedral operates a cafe in an adjoining building It is used as a venue as part of the Free Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe5

Architectural notesedit

  • Architect: James Gillespie Graham 1813-14
  • Reginald Fairlie - War Memorial, High Altar 1921
  • Baldachino 1927
  • Augustus Welby Pugin design
  • Became a pro-Cathedral in 1878 and a Cathedral in 1886
  • Books and References Edinburgh: St Mary's Cathedral 1814-1989 1989
  • NT27SE 49700 25930 74320
  • NT27SE 49701 25895 74293 St Andrew's Hall

See alsoedit

  • List of cathedrals in the United Kingdom
  • St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh Episcopal


  1. ^ "Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh" Archdiocese-edinburghcom Retrieved 2012-06-21 
  2. ^ "National Shrine of St Andrew" St Mary's RC Cathedral 
  3. ^ "St Mary's Metropolitan Cathedral" Edinburgh Guide Retrieved 23 Mar 2016 
  4. ^ "Polska Misja Katolicka w Szkocji" in Polish Kosciolwszkocjiinfo Retrieved 2012-06-21 
  5. ^ "Cafe Camino" Edinburgh Guide Retrieved 22 Mar 2016 

External linksedit

  • St Mary's Cathedral website
  • St Mary's Cathedral organist's website
  • History of Music at the Cathedral
  • Sacred Scotland
  • See Panorama of the Cathedral
  • Cafe Camino
  • Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland RCAHMS
  • The Scottish Catholic Archives
  • Scottish Catholic Archives, Columba House, Edinburgh
  • Scottish Catholic Historical Association

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