Basic Site Details

Name: RC Church of St Mary of the Assumption
City or county: Aberdeen
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Cost of late-1950s restoration: 36,000.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2RC Cathedral of St Mary of the Assumption  
Item 2 of 2St Mary's RC CathedralYes 

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Cathedral  
Item 2 of 2War memorial  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Huntly StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 6March 1858 Foundation stone 
Item 2 of 621 December 1860  Consecrated
Item 3 of 61877  Completion of tower and spire
Item 4 of 6c. 1919 Build/constructionWar Memorial
Item 5 of 619571960Alteration/conversionAlterations to adapt Cathedral to modern liturgical requirements.
Item 6 of 6Early 1900s  Design for sanctuary


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 9Alexander Ellis A18581860Main part of church
Item 2 of 9John Bridgeford Pirie  1863(?) *1866May have been involved whan an apprentice with Ellis
Item 3 of 9Alexander Ellis B1877 Completion of tower and spire
Item 4 of 9Ellis & Wilson B1877 Completion of tower and spire
Item 5 of 9Robert Gordon Wilson (senior) B1877 Completion of tower and spire
Item 6 of 9William John Devlin  c. 1919 War memorial
Item 7 of 9Charles W Gray & Partners J19571960Alterations to adapt Cathedral to modern liturgical requirements
Item 8 of 9Charles William Gray J19571960Alterations to adapt Cathedral to modern liturgical requirements.
Item 9 of 9Reginald Francis Joseph Fairlie  Early 1900s Design for sanctuary

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 5Gammie1909The churches of Aberdeen  p312
Item 2 of 5Leith, Connie1999Alexander Ellis: a fine Victorian architect Aberdeen: privately publishedChapter 3
Item 3 of 5RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 4 of 5Sharples, J, Walker, D W and Woodworth, M2015The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire South and Aberdeen London and New Haven: Yale University Presspp36, 159
Item 5 of 5Who's Who in Architecture1923    

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register19962Listing includes presbytery and halls
Item 2 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSJ B Pirie Collection Two drawings - elevation of organ chamber archway and details of abacus - First blue box No 525 on handlist, Third blue box no 17 & 18 details of west window
Item 3 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSScott Morton (formerly Peter Miller) Collection, RIAS 2 undated drawings
Item 4 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Charles William Gray: F no5460 (combined box 80)