Society of Friends

Brechin CathedralThe Society of Friends of Brechin Cathedral was founded in 1947, and welcomes as members those who have an interest in the history, architecture, or music of the Cathedral and are willing to help in any way in its preservation and welfare.

The encouragement of research into the history of the Cathedral, and generally the support of the religious work of the Cathedral as apporved by the Society.

To the members of the Congregation, the Cathedral is their The aims of the Society are:

  • The safeguarding of the amenity of the Cathedral
  • The adornment and equipment of the Cathedral and its further endowment
  • The improvement of the music of the Cathedral familiar place of worship; but for many others: whether in Brechin or far away; whether a member of the Church of Scotland, or of another denomination; the Cathedral’s appeal lies in its marvellous architecture, its eventful history and ancient religious associations.  The Cathedral continues to inspire many people from a variety of perspective.

Since its inception, the Society of Friends contributes greatly to the fabric and life of the Cathedral.  Over the years, the Society has gifted many varying things: stained glass windows; sympathetic lighting; pulpit falls; a display case; pew cushions for the Queen’s Aisle, and kneelers for the brides and grooms for their blessing.  The Society also currently pays the running costs of the floodlighting, and has contributed significantly to past fabric appeals.

Arguably, the Society’s greatest contribution to Cathedral life has been its development of the Cathedral as a venue for music and the expressive arts over the last ten years.  With the provision of professional staging, lighting and sound – the Society has made the Cathedral an excellent, Theatre Danceand popular, venue.

Musical productions include: classical and folk music; choirs and dance; offered by visiting performers from home and abroad.  Recently, we are proud to have become a regular venue for the Aberdeen International Youth Festival.

The Society has also gifted items for the adornment of the Cathedral, such as a bronze tablet on which are engraved all the names of the bishops and ministers who have served in the Cathedral.  This was presented in 1955, and dedicated by the then Moderator of the General Assembly at a special service.  The Society also helps fund repairs to precious objects, such as the Hearse (the brass candelabra which hangs in the chancel).

The Society publishes a wealth of guides and leaflets, available for visitors to the Cathedral, and some tasteful souvenirs.

The highlight of the Society’s year is its Trinity Festival, when we celebrate the Cathedral’s dedication to the Triune God.  On the Friday evening, we hold our AGM and are addressed by a visiting speaker.

All are welcome to join the Society: Annual Membership is offered at £5 per annum; and Life Membership is available for a one-off donation of £50.  Members receive an annual book of the Society containing the Trinity Address, a minute of the AGM as well as a list of office bearers – along with all of the Society’s news.

If you wish to join the Society, please complete our on-line application form here or alternatively download and return the form below to:

Mrs Pamela Thomson, Secretary of the Society of Friends of Brechin Cathedral, 1 Castle Street, Brechin, DD9 6JW.

Mrs Elizabeth Ferguson, Administrator, is in the process of archiving the old Cathedral Records which include many of the session minutes from the past few hundred years. These minutes go back as far as 1615!


2012 saw the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Society of Friends of Brechin Cathedral.

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