Basic Site Details

Name: St John's Episcopal Church
Town, district or village: Forfar
City or county: Angus
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: This church has been erected by the congregation at a cost of about 7,000. All the money has been raised by voluntary subscription. The walls are built of local stone with Polmaise stone dressings, which are carried round the interior of the windows, doors, and arches. Inside they are lined with 0.25in. red tiles in 4.5 in. courses, which in the chancel alternate with 9in. belts of alabaster to every two or three courses of tiles. A handsome organ has been subscribed for, and is being fitted up by Conacher, of Huddersfield. The church is to be heated by a system patented by Mr Cunningham, of Dundee. Mr James Scott, Broughty Ferry, is the builder, and Mr William Bruce, the clerk of works. The architect is Mr R Anderson, ARSA.
[Building News 15 April 1881 p420]

Reredos made by Jones & Willis in 1905

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 171, East High StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 81822 Build/constructionFirst church on site
Item 2 of 818781881Build/constructionDesigne dchurch and some furnishing like choir stalls & pulpit
Item 3 of 86 October 1879 Foundation stoneStone laid by William Gilbert Don, manufacturer, Forfar and Dundee
Item 4 of 8May 1881 Nominated for award 
Item 5 of 827 October 1881 Consecrated 
Item 6 of 81933 Design exhibitedOak Faldstool (Furnishings, panelling and redecoration of roof dated from this year)
Item 7 of 81947 Build/constructionDate given by Gifford for decoration of chancel roof and dado etc
Item 8 of 819741975Build/construction 


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 5(Sir) Robert Rowand Anderson A18781881Design of church and some furnishings like choir stalls and pulpit
Item 2 of 5George Washington Browne A18781881 
Item 3 of 5Anderson & Browne A1881  
Item 4 of 5(Sir) Matthew Montgomerie Ochterlony  1933 Furnishings, panelling and redecoration of roof. Gifford gives date as 1947 (and Tarbolton in partnership at this date)
Item 5 of 5(Dr) Frederic ('Eric') Robert Stevenson  H19741975Partitioning off of west aisle in 3 south bays to form vestry accommodation and formation of Lady Chapel at N end

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 John's Episcopal Church Hall 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Gifford, John2012The Buildings of Scotland: Angus and Dundee Yalep20, 472
Item 2 of 3Lye, Margaret2010A Guide to Episcopal Churches in the Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane Margaret Lye/Lulup86-89
Item 3 of 3RSA1933   541 (Ochterlony work)

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Building News10 October 1879  p446 - foundation stone
Item 2 of 3Building News15 April 1881  p420 and illustration
Item 3 of 3RIBA Journal22 December 1923 London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp267 Address by Anderson read by Lorne Campbell to RIBA on presentation of Gold Medal and speech by Sir John Burnet

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register31483