Basic Site Details

Name: St Mary's RC Cathedral
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Parish:  
Status: B Listed
Grid ref:
Notes: See separate entry for further information on the Catholic Apostolic Church from which the altar was brought.

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Cathedral  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 34, Broughton StreetYes 
Item 2 of 3Chapel LaneYes 
Item 3 of 3St James PlaceYes 

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 918131814Build/constructionOriginal building
Item 2 of 91876  Central altar made for the Catholic Apostolic Church; later brought here
Item 3 of 91891  Journal reference for reconstruction
Item 4 of 91894 or 1895  Additions, chapel by Buchanan and Bennet
Item 5 of 91895  Triple opening made in west wall
Item 6 of 91905  Lady Altar (Donleavy memorial)
Item 7 of 919271928 High altar and baldachino
Item 8 of 91932 *  Reconstruction (raising wallheads and new roof), including pulpit
Item 9 of 919691978Alterations and additionsRedevelopment including removal of Buchanan & Bennett's SE baptistery and the porch that covered Graham's doorway. ('Buildings of Scotland' gives 1976-78)

* earliest date known from documented sources.


People

Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 21Donald McInnesArchitectH 1978Redevelopment - unclear if involved
Item 2 of 21F A ScruttonArchitectH 1978Redevelopment - unclear if involved
Item 3 of 21G WilsonEngineerH 1978Redevelopment - unclear if involved
Item 4 of 21J D WrenEngineerH 1978Redevelopment - unclear if involved
Item 5 of 21K A ShawEngineerH 1978Redevelopment - unclear if involved
Item 6 of 21T J BellEngineerH 1978Redevelopment - unclear if involved
Item 7 of 21James Gillespie GrahamArchitectC18131814Original building
Item 8 of 21(Sir) Robert Rowand AndersonArchitect 1876 Central altar made for the Catholic Apostolic Church; later brought here
Item 9 of 21John Biggar (junior)Architect 1891 Reconstruction
Item 10 of 21Buchanan & BennettArchitectural practiceA1894 or 1895 Triple opening made in west wall. Additions and chapel. Stalls and throne adapted from earlier fittings.
Item 11 of 21James Bower BennettArchitectA1894 or 1895 Triple opening made in west wall. Additions and chapel. Stalls and throne adapted from earlier fittings.
Item 12 of 21John BuchananArchitectA1894 or 1895 Triple opening made in west wall. Additions and chapel. Stalls and throne adapted from earlier fittings.
Item 13 of 21(Sir) Robert Stodart LorimerArchitect 1905 Lady Altar (Donleavy memorial)
Item 14 of 21Reginald Francis Joseph FairlieArchitect 19271928High altar and baldachino
Item 15 of 21George ReidArchitectB1932 Reconstruction of nave with aisles; also pulpit
Item 16 of 21James Smith ForbesArchitectB1932 Reconstruction of nave with aisles; also pulpit
Item 17 of 21Reid & ForbesArchitectural practiceB1932 Reconstruction of nave with aisles; also pulpit
Item 18 of 21E R MansonEngineerH19691978Redevelopment
Item 19 of 21R A RobertsonEngineerH19691978Redevelopment
Item 20 of 21T Harley Haddow & PartnersArchitectural practice, EngineerH19691978Redevelopment
Item 21 of 21Thomas Harley HaddowArchitect, EngineerH19691978Redevelopment

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Child Structures

This structure or site has the following component or child structures (click on an item to view details):
 Building NameNotes
Item 1 of 1St Mary's RC Cathedral War Memorial 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 8Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 2 of 8Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdpp278-9
Item 3 of 8Nuttgens, Patrick1959Reginald Fairlie 1883-1952: A Scottish Architect Edinburgh: Oliver & Boydp47, plate 33
Item 4 of 8RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 5 of 8RIBA1981Directory of Practices 1981   
Item 6 of 8RSA1928   587
Item 7 of 8RSA1933   535
Item 8 of 8Savage, Peter1980Lorimer and the Edinburgh Craft Designers Edinburgh: Paul Harris Publishing, 1980 (also paperback ed, London & Edinburgh: Steve Savage, 2005)p174

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder22 August 1891LXI  

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 5Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register27449 
Item 2 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSLorimer and Matthew Collection LOR E/50
Item 3 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Architects Index  
Item 4 of 5Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material  
Item 5 of 5RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Thomas Harley Haddow: F no6019 (combined box 114); George Reid: F no5107 (combined box 57)