Dunblane Cathedral is the larger of the two Church of Scotland parish churches serving Dunblane, near the city of Stirling, in central Scotland. The lower half of the tower is pre-Romanesque from the 11th century, was free-standing, with an upper part added in the 15th century. Most of the rest of the building is Gothic, from the 13th century; the building was restored by Rowand Anderson from 1889–93. The Cathedral was once the seat of the bishops of Dunblane, until the abolition of bishops after the Scottish Reformation. There are remains of the vaults of the episcopal palace to the south of the cathedral. Technically, it is no longer a cathedral, as there are no bishops in the Church of Scotland, a Presbyterian denomination. William Chisholm, the last Catholic bishop of Dunblane became bishop of Vaison in France. After the Reformation, the choir became the parish church but the nave fell out of use, its roof had fallen in by about 1600, it contains the graves of Margaret Drummond of Stobhall, a mistress of King James IV of Scotland and her two sisters, all said to have been poisoned.
Unusually, the building is owned by the Crown, is looked after by Historic Scotland rather than the church governance. The building is 13th century in date, though it incorporates an freestanding bell-tower of 11th century date on its south side; this tower was increased in height in the 15th century, a change visible in the colour of the stonework, in the late Gothic style of the upper storey's windows. The choir is unaisled, but has a long vaulted chamber which served as chapter house and sacristy on its north side; the choir contains the mural tomb of Bishop Clement. Many of the 15th century choir stalls, which have carved misericords are preserved within the choir. Further, more elaborate, canopied stalls are preserved at the west end of the nave. Dunblane has the largest surviving collection of medieval Scottish ecclesiastical woodwork after King's College Chapel, Aberdeen; some detached fragments are displayed in the town's museum. The cathedral was restored in the late 19th century under the control of Rev Alexander Ritchie DD, who commissioned architect Robert Rowand Anderson to oversee the works, with these works completed by Sir Robert Lorimer in 1912.
Preserved within the arcaded nave are two early Christian stones, a cross-slab and a possible architectural frieze, survivals from an early medieval church on the same site, founded by or dedicated to the'Blane' whose name is commemorated in the name of the town. Dunblane Cathedral churchyard contains one war grave, that of William Stirling, a gunner in the Royal Marine Artillery during World War I. Bishop Clement of Dunblane Rev James Finlayson DD Sir David Russell James Stirling and the Stirlings of Garden John Stirling of Kippendavie by Peter Turnerelli Jane Stirling daughter of the above In the nave of the Cathedral is a standing stone by the monumental sculptor Richard Kindersley which commemorates the events of 13 March 1996 – the Dunblane Massacre; the quotations on the stone are by E. V. Rieu, Richard Henry Stoddard, Bayard Taylor and W. H. Auden. Dunblane Cathedral is one of at least seven churches in the town; the others are St Blane's, St Mary's, the Roman Catholic Church dedicated to the Holy Family, the Quaker Meeting House, the Dunblane Christian Fellowship, the Eastern Orthodox parish dedicated to Saint Nicholas.
Ministers and clergyMichael Potter 1692 The Very Rev James Cockburn, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland The Very Rev John Rodger Gray, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland BurialsMalise II, Mormaer of Strathearn Margaret Drummond, mistress of James IV of Scotland James Finlayson, Church of Scotland minister and writer Jane Stirling, pianistWeddingsIn April 2015, tennis player and Dunblane native Andy Murray returned to his hometown to marry his long-term partner Kim Sears in a private service at the Cathedral. List of Church of Scotland parishes Dunblane Cathedral Historic Environment Scotland. "Cathedral Square, Dunblane Cathedral... ". Historic Environment Scotland. "Dunblane Cathedral and precinct, buried remains". Dunblane Cathedral Arts Guild Engraving of Dunblane Cathedral by James Fittler in the digitised copy of Scotia Depicta, or the antiquities, public buildings and gentlemen's seats, cities and picturesque scenery of Scotland, 1804 at National Library of Scotland Engraving of Dunblane Cathedral in 1693 by John Slezer at National Library of Scotland
Scottish Episcopal Church
The seven dioceses of the Scottish Episcopal Church make up the ecclesiastical province of the Anglican Communion in Scotland. The church has, since the 18th century, held an identity distinct from that of the Presbyterian-aligned Church of Scotland. A continuation of the Church of Scotland as it was intended by King James VI, as it was for the 30-year period from the Restoration of Charles II to the re-establishment of Presbyterianism in Scotland following the Glorious Revolution, the Episcopal Church of Scotland is now a member of the Anglican Communion, it recognises the position of the Archbishop of Canterbury as president of the Anglican Instruments of Communion, but without jurisdiction in Scotland per se. This close but ambivalent relationship – consisting of a partial recognition of the authority of the Church of England, yet concurrent claim of independence – results from the unique history of the Scottish Episcopal Church. Scotland's third largest church, the Scottish Episcopal Church has 303 local congregations.
According to the Mission Atlas Project, 85,000 affiliates identify with the Scottish Episcopal Church with the members being "largely upper middle class with a large number of landed aristocrats." In the 2011 Census a total of more than 100,000 residents of Scotland declared themselves to be either Episcopalians or members of another denomination of the Anglican Communion. The all-age membership of the church in 2017 was 30,909 of. Weekly attendance was 12,149; the current Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church is Mark Strange, elected since 27 June 2017. The Scottish Episcopal Church was called the Episcopal Church in Scotland, reflecting its role as the Scottish province of the Anglican Communion. Although not incorporated until 1712, the Scottish Episcopal Church traces its origins including but extending beyond the Reformation and sees itself in continuity with the church established by Ninian, Columba and other Celtic saints; the Church of Scotland claims the same continuity. The church is sometimes pejoratively referred to in Scotland as the "English Kirk", but this can cause offence.
This is in part due to the fact that it is, nonetheless, a union of the non-juring Episcopalians with the "qualified congregations" who worshipped according to the liturgy of the Church of England. Saint Ninian conducted the first Christian mission to. In 563 AD, Saint Columba travelled to Scotland with twelve companions, where according to legend he first landed at the southern tip of the Kintyre peninsula, near Southend. However, being still in sight of his native land he moved further north along the west coast of Scotland, he was granted land on the island of Iona off the Isle of Mull which became the centre of his evangelising mission to the Picts. However, there is a sense in which he did not leave his native people, as the Irish Gaels had been colonising the west coast of Scotland for some time. Aside from the services he provided guiding the only centre of literacy in the region, his reputation as a holy man led to his role as a diplomat among the tribes, he visited the pagan king Bridei, king of Fortriu, at his base in Inverness, winning the king's respect and Columba subsequently played a major role in the politics of that country.
He was very energetic in his evangelical work. He was a renowned man of letters, having written several hymns and being credited with having transcribed 300 books personally, he was buried in the abbey he established. The Scottish church would continue to grow in the centuries that followed, in the 11th century Saint Margaret of Scotland strengthened the church's ties with the Holy See as did successive monarchs such as Margaret's son, who invited several religious orders to establish monasteries; the Scottish Reformation was formalised in 1560, when the Church of Scotland broke with the Church of Rome during a process of Protestant reform led, among others, by John Knox. It reformed its doctrines and government, drawing on the principles of John Calvin which Knox had been exposed to while living in Switzerland. In 1560, the Scottish Parliament abolished papal jurisdiction and approved Calvin's Confession of Faith, but did not accept many of the principles laid out in Knox's First Book of Discipline, which argued, among other things, that all of the assets of the old church should pass to the new.
The 1560 Reformation Settlement was not ratified by the crown for some years, the question of church government remained unresolved. In 1572 the acts of 1560 were approved by the young James VI, but under pressure from many of the nobles the Concordat of Leith allowed the crown to appoint bishops with the church's approval. John Knox himself had no clear views on the office of bishop, preferring to see them renamed as'superintendents'; the Scottish Episcopal Church began as a distinct church in 1582, when the Church of Scotland rejected episcopal government and adopted a presbyterian government by elders as well as reformed theology. Scottish monarchs made repeated efforts to introduce bishops and two ecclesiastical traditions competed. In 1584, James VI of Scotland had the Parliament of Scotland pass the Black Acts, appointing two bishops and administering the Church of Scotlan
Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church, Glasgow
Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church is a parish church of the Church of Scotland, serving the Hillhead and Kelvinside areas of Glasgow, Scotland. It is within the Church of Scotland's Presbytery of Glasgow. Hillhead expanded during the second half of the 19th century following the relocation of the University of Glasgow to Gilmorehill in the 1870s; the Church of Scotland responded by constructing a temporary church in a field in front of what is now Athole Gardens in Hillhead. This corrugated iron church was opened in 1871; the congregation soon outgrew the temporary building and a decision to construct a permanent church was taken. Finding a suitable site was problematic due to old mineworkings, but the new church was opened on 8 October 1876. At first, the congregation operated under the supervision of the Kirk Session of Govan Old Parish Church, but in 1882 became a "quoad sacra" parish with its own Kirk Session. Other churches were constructed nearby; these included Belmont Church, which united with Hillhead Parish Church in 1950.
In 1978, Belmont and Hillhead Parish Church united with Kelvinside Church, becoming the present Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church. The former Kelvinside Church building was subsequently converted into the "Òran Mór" restaurant and music venue, with the ceiling design by the noted Glaswegian writer and artist Alasdair Gray; the building was designed by the architect James Sellar and completed in 1876. It is modelled on the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris; the church is located in Hillhead. It is a Category A listed building; the church is without a permanent minister and is being served by a ministry team of Rev Jim Ferguson, Rev Dr Roger Sturrock and Rev Dr Doug Gay. List of Church of Scotland parishes Jordanhill Parish Church Kelvin Stevenson Memorial Church Knightswood St. Margaret's Parish Church St. John's Renfield Church St. Luke's Cathedral St. Mary's Cathedral Wellington Church Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church - official website Presbytery of Glasgow
Bartholomew I of Constantinople
Bartholomew I is the 270th and current Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch, since 2 November 1991. In accordance with his title, he is regarded as the primus inter pares in the Eastern Orthodox Church, as the spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide. Born Dimitrios Arhondonis, in the village of Agios Theodoros on the island of Imbros, after his graduation he held a position at the Patriarchal Theological Seminary of Halki, where he was ordained a priest, he served as Metropolitan of Philadelphia and Chalcedon and he became a member of the Holy Synod as well as other committees, prior to his enthronement as Ecumenical Patriarch. Bartholomew's tenure has been characterized by intra-Orthodox cooperation, intra-Christian and inter-religious dialogue, formal visits to Roman Catholic, Old Catholic and Muslim leaders previously visited by an Ecumenical Patriarch, he has exchanged numerous invitations with state dignitaries. His efforts to promote religious freedom and human rights, his initiatives to advance religious tolerance among the world's religions, as well as his efforts to promote ecology and the protection of the environment, have been noted, these endeavors have earned him the title "The Green Patriarch".
Among his many international positions, he sits on the Board of World Religious Leaders for the Elijah Interfaith Institute. Bartholomew I was born in the village of Zeytinli in the island of Imbros, son of Christos and Merope Archontónis, his secular birth name is Dimitrios Arhondonis. He is a Turkish citizen, but he belongs to the indigenous Rum – descendants of Eastern Roman Empire/Byzantine Empire Greek community in Turkey, which today is diminished and reduced due to the Greek genocide, the subsequent population exchange of 1923 between Greece and Turkey and through the exodus of Greeks post the 1960s Cyprus conflicts. Dimitrios Archontonis attended elementary school in his native Imvros and continued his secondary education in the famous Zographeion Lyceum in Istanbul. Soon afterwards, he studied Theology as an undergraduate at the Patriarchal Theological school or Halki seminary, from which he graduated with highest honours in 1961, was ordained deacon, receiving the name Bartholomew.
Bartholomew fulfilled his military service in the Turkish army as a non regular officer between 1961 and 1963. From 1963 to 1968, Bartholomew pursued his postgraduate studies at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey in Switzerland and the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich in Germany, his doctoral research was on the Canon Law. The same year he became a lecturer in the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. After returning to Istanbul in 1968, he took a position at the Patriarchal Theological Seminary of Halki, where he was ordained a priest in 1969, by Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I; when Demetrius I became Ecumenical Patriarch in 1972 and established the Patriarchal Office, he selected Bartholomew as its director. On Christmas of 1973, Bartholomew became Metropolitan of Philadelphia, was renamed as director of the patriarchal office until his enthronement as Metropolitan of Chalcedon in 1990. From March 1974 until his enthronement as Ecumenical Patriarch, he was a member of the Holy Synod as well as of many Synodical Committees.
He speaks Modern Greek, Italian, German and English. Bartholomew I was the target of an assassination plot, planned to take place on May 29, 2013. One suspect was arrested and there is an ongoing search for two others. 13 August 1961, Diaconate – receiving the ecclesiastical name Bartholomew 19 October 1969, Priesthood 25 December 1973, The Nativity, Episcopacy – Metropolitan of Philadelphia 14 January 1990, Enthronement as Metropolitan of Chalcedon 22 October 1991, Elected 270th Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch 2 November 1991, Enthronement in the Patriarchal Cathedral in the Phanar As Ecumenical Patriarch, he has been active internationally. One of his first focuses has been on rebuilding the once-persecuted Eastern Orthodox Churches of the former Eastern Bloc following the fall of Communism there in 1990; as part of this effort he has worked to strengthen ties among the various national Churches and Patriarchates of the Eastern Orthodox Communion. He has continued the reconciliation dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church started by his predecessors, initiated dialogue with other faiths, including other Christian sects and Jews.
He has gained a reputation as a prominent environmentalist, putting the support of the Patriarchate behind various international environmental causes. This has earned him the nicknames of "the Green Patriarch" and "the Green Pope", in 2002 he was honored with the Sophie Prize, he has been honoured with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest award which may be bestowed by the Legislative Branch of the United States government. Bartholomew I, after his attempts to celebrate the liturgy in remote areas of Turkey, thereby renewing the Orthodox presence, absent since before 1924, has now come under intense pressure from Turkish nationalist elements; the patriarchal Seminary of Halki in the Princes' Islands remains closed since 1971 on government orders. In an interview published on 19 November 2006 in the daily new
Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople
The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople is one of the fifteen autocephalous churches that together compose the Eastern Orthodox Church. It is headed by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople; because of its historical location as the capital of the former Eastern Roman Empire and its role as the Mother Church of most modern Orthodox churches, Constantinople holds a special place of honor within Orthodoxy and serves as the seat for the Ecumenical Patriarch, who enjoys the status of Primus inter pares among the world's Eastern Orthodox prelates and is regarded as the representative and spiritual leader of the world's 300 million Orthodox Christians. The Ecumenical Patriarchate promotes the expansion of the Christian faith and Orthodox doctrine, the Ecumenical Patriarchs are involved in ecumenism and interfaith dialogue, charitable work, the defense of Orthodox Christian traditions. Prominent issues in the Ecumenical Patriarchate's policy in the 21st century include the safety of the believers in the Middle East, reconciliation of the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic Churches, the reopening of the Theological School of Halki, closed down by the Turkish authorities in 1971.
Christianity in Byzantium existed from the 1st century, but it was in the year 330 that the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great moved his residence to the small Greek town of Byzantium, renaming it Nova Roma. From that time, the importance of the church there grew, along with the influence of its bishop. Prior to the moving of the imperial capital, the bishop of Byzantium had been under the authority of the metropolitan of Heraclea, but beginning in the 4th century, he grew to become independent in his own right and to exercise authority throughout what is now Greece, Asia Minor and Thrace. With the development of the hierarchical structure of the Church, the bishop of Constantinople came to be styled as exarch. Constantinople was recognized as the fourth patriarchate at the First Council of Constantinople in 381, after Antioch and Rome; the patriarch was appointed by Antioch. Because of the importance of the position of Constantinople's church at the center of the Roman Empire, affairs involving the various churches outside Constantinople's direct authority came to be discussed in the capital where the intervention of the emperor was desired.
The patriarch became a liaison between the emperor and bishops traveling to the capital, thus establishing the position of the patriarch as one involving the unity of the whole Church in the East. In turn, the affairs of the Constantinopolitan church were overseen not just by the patriarch, but by synods held including visiting bishops; this pan-Orthodox synod came to be referred to as the ενδημουσα συνοδος. The resident synod not only governed the business of the patriarchate but examined questions pertinent to the whole Church as well as the eastern half of the old empire; the patriarch thus came to have the title of Ecumenical, which referenced not a universal episcopacy over other bishops, but rather the position of the patriarch as at the center of the oikoumeni, the "household" of the empire. As the Roman Empire stabilized and grew, so did the influence of the patriarchate at its capital; this influence came to be enshrined in Orthodox canon law, to such an extent that it was elevated beyond more ancient patriarchates: Canon 3 of the First Council of Constantinople stated that the bishop of that city "shall have primacy of honor after the Bishop of Rome because Constantinople is the New Rome."
In its disputed 28th Canon, the Council of Chalcedon in 451 recognized an expansion of the boundaries of the Patriarchate of Constantinople and of its authority over bishops of dioceses "among the barbarians", variously interpreted as referring either to areas outside the Byzantine Empire or to non-Greeks. The council resulted in a schism with the Patriarchate of Alexandria. In any case, for a thousand years the Patriarch of Constantinople presided over the church in the Eastern Roman Empire and its missionary activity that brought the Christian faith in its Byzantine form to many peoples north of the imperial borders; the cathedral church of Constantinople, Hagia Sophia, was the center of religious life in the eastern Christian world. The Ecumenical Patriarchate came to be called the "Great Church of Christ" and it was the touchstone and reference point for ecclesiastical affairs in the East, whether in terms of church government, relations with the state, or liturgical matters. In history and in canonical literature, the Ecumenical Patriarchate has been granted certain prerogatives which other autocephalous Orthodox churches do not have.
Not all of these prerogatives are today universally acknowledged, though all do have precedents in history and canonical references. The following is a list of these prerogatives and their reference points: Equal prerogatives to Old Rome.
General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is the sovereign and highest court of the Church of Scotland, is thus the Church's governing body. It meets each year and is chaired by a Moderator elected at the start of the Assembly; as a Presbyterian church, the Church of Scotland is governed by courts of elders rather than by bishops. At the bottom of the hierarchy of courts is the Kirk Session, the court of the parish. There were Synods at regional level, with authority over a group of presbyteries, but these have been abolished. At national level, the General Assembly stands at the top of this structure. General Assembly meetings are held in the Assembly Hall on the Mound, Edinburgh; this was built for the Free Church in the 19th century. Prior to this, from 1845 to 1929, the General Assembly had met in the Victoria Hall at the top of the Royal Mile, a purpose-built meeting hall and church whose 72-metre spire towers above the present Assembly Hall; when the Church of Scotland merged with the United Free Church of Scotland in 1929, the Mound premises were chosen as the Assembly Hall for the reunited Church of Scotland.
Today the former Victoria Hall building is in secular use as The Hub. The Church of Scotland General Assembly meets for a week of intensive deliberation once a year in May. Ministers and deacons are eligible to be "Commissioners" to the General Assembly. A parish minister would attend the Assembly once every four years, accompanied by an elder from that congregation; the Assembly has youth representatives and a few officials. Prior to each Assembly, a minister or elder is nominated to serve as Moderator for that year. At the start of the Assembly the Moderator is duly elected, although the election is considered a formality; the Moderator presides from the Moderator's chair. Alongside him/her, the clerks to the Assembly and other officials are seated. Behind the Moderator is the throne gallery, which can only be reached through a separate stairway not directly from the Assembly Hall; the General Assembly can meet elsewhere. A meeting of the Assembly was held in Glasgow to mark the city's status as European City of Culture.
When the Scottish Parliament was instituted in 1999, the Assembly Hall was used by the Parliament until the new building at Holyrood was completed in 2004. During these years, the Assembly met in the Edinburgh International Conference Centre and the Usher Hall; the General Assembly has its own Standing Orders. One particular example is Standing Order 54, which requires any proposal requiring additional expenditure to have been first considered by the Assembly's Stewardship and Finance Committee; the General Assembly has three basis functions: legislative and judicial. The ongoing administration is delegated to councils and committees, which have to report annually to the Assembly; the Assembly decides the Law of the Church. Thus each Assembly may amend the Law of previous Assemblies; this is moderated and controlled by means of the "Barrier Act" which forces the General Assembly to take account of the views of all Presbyteries if the proposal is one, far reaching, thus referred to Presbyteries and subsequently the next General Assembly.
Each Presbytery has to nominate Commissioners annually and these are chosen in rotation from the ministers and elders in the Presbytery's bounds. Elders who are commissioned need not be members of the Presbytery. In addition each Presbytery may appoint'youth representatives' who are young people in the congregations of the presbytery. Youth representatives are appointed by the'Youth Assembly'. Youth representatives have the status of corresponding members of the Assembly; those elders who have, in the past, served as Moderators of the General Assembly are commissioned by their presbyteries in addition to the normal number of commissioners. They have, due to their experience in the Church, a heavy influence on the deliberations of the Assembly, which some commissioners and a range of Kirk members, find to be controversial; the General assembly appoints'corresponding members' who may speak and propose motions but may not vote. Apart from youth representatives these are guest commissioners from a wide range of partner churches around the world, any of the Church of Scotland's Mission Partners who may be resident in Scotland during the Assembly.
The General Assembly does pass legislation governing the affairs of the Church. The Assembly discusses issues affecting society. Attached to each report is proposed "deliverance", which the Assembly is invited to approve, reject or modify. Presbyteries may put business before the General Assembly in the form of "overtures" which are debated and may be made into the Law of the Church; as a judicial body, the Assembly delegates most of its powers to the "Commission of Assembly" or to special tribunals. The General Assembly acts as a Court, in matters spiritual cannot be appealed to any higher court; this is set out in the Acts Declaratory and the Church of Scotland Act 1921. The Assembly elects a Moderator to preside; the Queen is represented by a Lord High Commissioner, who has no vote. The Assem
St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow
The Cathedral Church of St Mary the Virgin is a cathedral of the Scottish Episcopal Church. It is located in the west end of Glasgow, Scotland; the current building was opened on 9 November 1871 as St Mary's Episcopal Church and was completed in 1893 when the spire was completed. The architect was George Gilbert Scott, it was raised to cathedral status in 1908. The total height of the cathedral is 63 metres; the church structure is protected as a category A listed building. The other cathedrals in Glasgow are St. Andrew’s, St Luke’s and St Mungo’s, the city’s mediaeval cathedral, now used by the Church of Scotland, which has a presbyterian polity and does not use the term ‘cathedral’ to describe its churches; the twin roles of rector of the congregation and provost of the cathedral are carried out by one person. The candidate for the post of rector and provost is nominated as rector by the vestry on behalf of the congregation and elected as provost by the bishop meeting in chapter. Frederic Llewellyn Deane was the first provost in 1908, four years after becoming rector.
His successor, Ambrose Lethbridge, became provost a year after being installed as rector. Following the sudden death of Bishop Goldie in October 1980, the installation of Malcolm Grant as rector and provost was delayed until after the enthronement of Bishop Rawcliffe in spring 1981. Kelvin Holdsworth was installed as provost on 31 May 2006, the Feast of the Visitation. Richard Samuel OldhamJunior Incumbent 1851 to 1859. Members are drawn from a wide area around the city of Glasgow. There is active lay-participation in administrative and outreach activities; the turnover of the congregation is high. St Mary's enjoys a strategic position at the heart of Glasgow's inner west end, has sought over a number of years to broaden its outreach by making the Cathedral a centre of artistic activity hosting concerts, art exhibitions and a variety of other events; the musical tradition within worship is strong, in keeping with the identity of the congregation as the cathedral church for the diocese. An adult voluntary mixed choir sings to a professional standard under the Director of Music, Friðrik Walker.
In October 2007, the choir was augmented by the addition of a treble section. The organ is a three manual William Hill instrument, rebuilt in 1967 and restored in 1990; the cathedral has a peal of ten bells. William Green Martin George Pattman 1904–1917 John Pullein 1917 –???? Gordon Cameron Albert Heeley Kenneth Mackintosh Derek Williams Timothy Redman James Laird Bernard J Porter Stuart Muir Friðrik Walker 1996 – current Friðrik Walker David Hamilton David Spottiswoode Iain Ogg Stuart Muir Stephen Jones John Gormley Oliver Rundell Christopher Hampson Peter Yardley-Jones Geoffrey Woollatt Mark Browne Peter Wakeford Steven McIntyre Mark Browne Christopher Hampson Kirsty Traynor From the mid-1980s to 2002 St Mary's Cathedral has undergone an extensive restoration; as a result of water ingress to the organ serious damage was discovered to the beams supporting the crossing. Repair work was put in hand, a survey of the building condition carried out. Following the survey, an extensive fundraising project was commenced in early 1986.
The Chancel and Crossing were restored. The building re-roofed and the clestory windows renovated. To carry out this work, the opportunity was taken to overhaul and rebuild the organ; the topping out ceremony took place at the top of the spire on 19 December 1989. The dedication was carried out by Bishop Derek Rawcliffe with Provost Malcolm Grant, with the Cathedral Choir singing Ding Dong Merrily on High. In June 1990, the Cathedral Choir undertook a one-day tour of all seven mainland Scottish Anglican Cathedrals as part of the fundraising effort to overhaul and rebuild the Organ; the roof of the Synod Hall was replaced, new lighting, provision of new toilets, the Sacristy Corridor was levelled, a choir room provided, the bishop's vestry was replaced by a disabled toilet with level access to the cathedral to the crossing and a wheelchair lift between the disabled toilet and the Synod Hall. The cramped kitchen was dispensed with and replaced with a catering area in the north end of the hall; the largest works to date that required the Congregation to worship at the nearby Lansdowne Parish Church from October 2000 to March 2002.
Work included the provision a new glazed porch, new tiled flooring to replace the temporary flooring from previous phase, completion of the Gywneth Leech decorations and a new lighting scheme. By tradition, the congregation was founded by Alexander Duncan in 1715. However, a list of principal members of the congregation from 1713 shows that its origins extend back to 1689 when the Episcopalian structure of the Church of Scotland was removed by Act of the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Episcopal Church as a separate entity emer