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This building is in the Moray Council and the Elgin Burgh. It is a category A building and was listed on 26/01/1971.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NJ 2218 6305.


13th century; Gothic. Plan consists of presbytery,

chancel with aisles; nave and double aisles; 2 west

towers. Large pointed window (formerly) traceried

between towers at W, and portal. Main arcade and

clerestory (no triforium). Rib vaulted chancel aisle.

15th century chapter house to NE octagonal with rib

vaulted roof supported by central pier connected to

chancel by vestibule.

Rubble graveyard wall with rounded coping dating from 1807.


Guardianship Monument. Founded in 1224 as seat of Bishopric of Moray and dedicated to Holy Trinity. Lead roof removed 1567; central tower fell 1711 ruining nave and transepts. Former Item 169 (1981 Revised List). Scheduled Ancient Monument.


MacGibbon and Ross THE ECCLESIASTICAL ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTLAND, ii, p.121-45. H B Mackintosh, ELGIN PAST AND PRESENT (1914), p.38-111. R G Cant HISTORIC ELGIN AND ITS CATHEDRAL (1974), p.20-32.

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