Dunkeld - 'The Cathedrall Church of Dunkeld'

Dedicated to St Columba, whose relics were moved here from Iona in AD 850, Dunkeld Cathedral has twice been badly destroyed and rebuilt.

The second bout of destruction came in 1689 - only four years before Theatrum Scotiae was published. Much of the town was set on fire then during a Jacobite uprising. Parts of the cathedral were also damaged, as you can see from Slezer's engraving of the south side of the building. Those ruins have remained to this day.

Image from Theatrum Scotiae by John Slezer, 1693.

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  Read what Robert Sibbald wrote in Theatrum Scotiae about Dunkeld


To the Right Honourable John Marquess of Athol, Earl of Tullibardin, Viscount of Balquhidder, Lord Murray, Balvenie and Gask, &c. Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle.


A Town in the Sheriffdom of Perth, on the North of Tay, at the Foot of the Grampian Hills, being surrounded with pleasant Woods. It is the chief Market-Town of the Highlands, and the Bishop's Seat. The Ruins of the Cathedral Church are yet to be seen; but that which chiefly adorns it, are the stately Buildings lately erected by the Marquess of Athol.

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