Dunblane - 'The Cathedrall Church of Dumblane'

Most of the 13th-century Dunblane (‘Dumblane’) Cathedral was in ruins by the 17th century, when Slezer made this prospect. Restoration took place in the late 1880s.

The scale of some of the figures Slezer has added to this scene is out of proportion to the building. Compare the men to the left of the left gable end with the height of the doorways!

Image from Theatrum Scotiae by John Slezer, 1693.

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  Read what Robert Sibbald wrote in Theatrum Scotiae about Dunblane


To the Right Honourable Thomas Marquess of Carmarthen, Earl of Danby, Viscount of Dumblane and Latimer, Baron Osborne of Kiveton, &c. Lord President of their Majesties Council in England, and Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, &c.


Dumblane is a pleasant little Town, on the Bank of the River Allan, where the Ruines of the Bishops and Regular Canons Houses are to be seen. Here the Lord William Drummond, Viscount of Strathallan, hath very fine Dwellings, and considerable Revenues in the Circumjacent Country.

Here also was a Church of excellent Workman-ship, a part of which remains yet intire. In the Ruines whereof is an ancient Picture representing the Countess of Stratherne, with her Children kneeling, asking a Blessing from St. Blanus cloathed in his Pontifical Habit.

Not long ago Robert Lighton was Bishop of this Place, a Man of an Exemplary Life and Conversation. He was afterwards translated to the See of Glasgow, which he willingly resigned, and gave himself wholly up to the Exercises of a pious and contemplative Life.

At his Death he left all his Books, both Manuscripts and others, to the Use of the Diocess of Dumblane, and mortified a Summ of Money for erecting a Library. A Salary was mortified also to the Bibliothecarius by the same Bishop's Sister's Son. It gives the Title of Viscount of Dumblane to the Family of Carmarthen, in England.

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