St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

Yonmei

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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The church of St Giles was founded in the 1120s by King David (1124-1153) endeavouring to carry out his mother’s wishes to spread Catholic Christianity through Scotland and wipe out the earlier Celtic Christianity. A large church was on the site by 1385 (replacing the original smaller Norman church built by the sons of Malcolm Canmore and Saint Margaret) but it was damaged by fire and had to be very largely rebuilt.

By 1550, there were around fifty altars in the church, including a chapel with a relic of St Giles, the patron saint of the city of Edinburgh.

The first Episcopal Bishops in Scotland were appointed by Charles I in 1633, and in 1635 it is recorded that the first bishop was appointed to the new diocese of Edinburgh, with St Giles as its cathedral: St Giles is called a cathedral from this time.

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  • Bernadette Watts
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