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Encyclopedia > St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh (Episcopal)

St Mary's Cathedral is a cathedral of the Scottish Episcopal Church in Edinburgh, Scotland. A cathedral is a Christian church building, specifically of a denomination with an episcopal hierarchy, such as the Anglican, Catholic and some Lutheran churches, which serves as the central church of a diocese, and thus as a bishops seat. ... The neutrality of this article is disputed. ... Edinburgh (pronounced ; Dùn Èideann () in Scottish Gaelic) is the capital of Scotland and its second-largest city. ... Motto: (Eng: No one provokes me with impunity)1 Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official language(s) English, Gaelic, Scots 2 Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen of the UK Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister of the UK Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Jack McConnell MSP Unification    - by...


In 1689 after the abdication of James VII/II, the Church of Scotland divided over the issue of the Stuart Succession. Two churches came into being: the Presbyterian Church established by King William II, and the Episcopal Church which remained loyal to the Stuart cause. One consequence was that St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh as it then was, came under the Established Church's ministry, and the Episcopal Diocese was left without a Cathedral. For a time the Episcopal residue of that congregation worshipped in an old woollen mill in Carrubber's Close, near the site of the present Old St Paul's Church. This was used as a Pro-Cathedral until the early 19th century, when this function was served by the Church of St Paul in York Pace. Events Louis XIV of France passed the Code Noir, allowing the full use of slaves in the French colonies. ... The Church of Scotland (CofS, known informally as The Kirk, Eaglais na h-Alba in Scottish Gaelic) is the national church of Scotland. ... The Coat of Arms of King James I, the first British monarch of the House of Stuart The House of Stuart or Stewart was a royal house of the Kingdom of Scotland, later of the Kingdom of England, and finally of the Kingdom of Great Britain. ... Presbyterianism is part of the Reformed churches family of denominations of Christian Protestantism based on the teachings of John Calvin which traces its institutional roots to the Scottish Reformation, especially as led by John Knox. ... William III of England (The Hague,14 November 1650 – Hampton Court, 8 March 1702; also known as William II of Scotland and William III of Orange) was a Dutch aristocrat and a Protestant Prince of Orange from his birth, Stadtholder of the United Netherlands from 28 June 1672, King of...


The foundation stone was laid on May 21, 1874 by the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, whose family had been so generous and loyal to Scottish Episcopacy over the previous hundred years. Inside the stone was placed a bottle with green mountings containing a copy of the Trust Deed, the Edinburgh Post Office Directory, Oliver and Boyd's Almanac, newspapers and coins. In preparation for the opening of the Cathedral a congregation had been formed to worship in a temporary iron church erected on the site now occupied by the Song School. Beginning on May 26, 1876, it was ministered to by the Dean, James Montgomery, and two chaplains, and grew rapidly. The Nave of the Cathedral was opened on January 25, 1879 and from that day, daily services have been held in the Cathedral. May 21 is the 141st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (142nd in leap years). ... 1874 (MDCCCLXXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... The title of Duke of Buccleuch (IPA ) was created in the Peerage of Scotland on 20 April 1663 for the Duke of Monmouth, eldest illegitimate son of Charles II of England, who had married Anne Scott, 4th Countess of Buccleuch. ... May 26 is the 146th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (147th in leap years). ... 1876 (MDCCCLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ...


St Mary's Cathedral is the only cathedral in Scotland to maintain a tradition of daily choral services with choristers drawn from its own choir school. It was the first cathedral in Britain to employ girls in the treble line as well as boys, in 1978 when Dennis Townhill was organist and choir master. There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ...


There are ten bells in the central tower of the Cathedral hung for change ringing. They were the gift of the first Dean of St Mary's, the Very Reverend James F Montgomery. The bells were all cast by John Taylor & Co of Loughborough to weight ratios defined by Lord Grimthorpe who was a leading bell designer of his day. This is one of only a few complete Grimthorpe rings still in existence. The bells were dedicated on October 29, 1879. Change ringing is the art of ringing a set of tuned bells in a series of mathematical patterns called changes, without attempting to ring a conventional tune. ... John Taylor Bellfounders is, as of 2004, the worlds largest bell foundry, based in Loughborough, England. ... Loughboroughs carillon Loughborough parish church The Brush engineering works Loughborough (pronounced LUFF-burra or LUFF-bruh) is the largest town in Leicestershire, England (the City of Leicester excluded), the population of the town in 2001 was assesed at 55,492. ... October 29 is the 302nd day of the year (303rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1879 (MDCCCLXXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...


External links

  • St. Mary's Cathedral website
  • A history of the choristers of St Mary's Edinburgh

 
 

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