Brechin Cathedral Book – a “material” journey by Archie Milne

A “Material” Journey has 154 pages devoted to 4 distinct areas:


History of Brechin Cathedral from its conception from about the time of the Druids around 600AD through to the present time. This history more or less starts with King Kenneth II of Scotland granting powers to the burgh of Brechin as he “gave the great city of Brechin to the Lord” implying the church at Brechin received a significant royal grant, probably of lands, and it was this which gave the church the power to create a burgh and hold markets. This then leads through to King David who installs Bishop Samson to the church and thereby making it a Cathedral. This history goes on with respect to the building of the actual church, its new foundations in 1220AD, the building of the Square Tower and the grant given by Robert The Bruce. It moves on with the invasion of “Montrose’s” forces and the occupation. Further mention of the plague in 1647. Then the invasion of Oliver Cromwell in 1650. Then leading on to the restorations of 1806 and 1900 finishing with the dry rot problem then the Act of Dissolution at todays date.


There is a section on the Pictish Monuments and the carved stones within the church. These range from the Aldbar Stone through to the St Mary Stone, the Hogback and a variety of other stones specific to the Cathedral.


The next section is on the Stained Glass Windows and is an update of the previous booklet issued in 2018.


The last section deals with the collection of Communion Tokens which was made by Rev William Burns in 1964 who was the Minister of Stracathro Church. These tokens vary in age from 1775 through to 1918 and relate to churches from Angus and the Mearns. The history is specific of that church at the time of its token and many of these deal with the split of the church into the established church and the Free Church of Scotland. This concludes with a section on the old Communion Vessels of the Cathedral.

The book is headed “a material journey” as it concentrates on the fabric of the building rather than the people, ministers and bishops.

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