Cathedral of St Machar

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  • Cathedral of St Marchar was named after a disciple of St Columba and the initial site was set up in around 580AD. In the 1130’s it was named a Cathedral and underwent extensive restoration in the 13th Century under Bishop Cheyne and saw Sir William Wallace hung, drawn and quartered. His dismembered body was sent to different parts of Scotland but some say that his left arm was interred within the walls of St. Machar’s.

    After the war of independence construction continued under Bishop Alexander Kinnimund (1355-80) and Bishop William Elphinstone (1431-1514). The nave and towers on the west – which form the modern church were only one part. To the east of the nave, there was a crossing which had one large central tower. There was also a choir to its east and transepts pointing north and south. In 1520 a ceiling of panelled oak bearing 48 heraldic shields was commissioned by Bishop Gavin Dunbar (1518-1532).

    It was finally complete in 1530.

  • Cathedral of St Machar Weather Forecast

    Light rain on Sunday through Wednesday, with temperatures falling to 12°C on Thursday.

    Today's Forecast
     Clear throughout the day.
     
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       0%  2%   5 mph
      4:32 am    9:41 pm
    Friday, May 26th
     Clear throughout the day.
     
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       0%  7%   10 mph
      4:31 am    9:42 pm

    Saturday, May 27th
     Partly cloudy throughout the day.
     
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       4%  49%   11 mph
      4:29 am    9:44 pm
    Sunday, May 28th
     Light rain starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.
     
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       59%  57%   8 mph
      4:28 am    9:46 pm

    Monday, May 29th
     Partly cloudy throughout the day.
     
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       0%  58%   3 mph
      4:26 am    9:47 pm
    Tuesday, May 30th
     Light rain starting in the evening.
     
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       59%  66%   6 mph
      4:25 am    9:49 pm

    Wednesday, May 31st
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
     
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       54%  59%   2 mph
      4:24 am    9:50 pm
    Thursday, Jun 1st
     Clear throughout the day.
     
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       2%  12%   10 mph
      4:23 am    9:52 pm

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