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Dunkeld, diocese of

Dunkeld, diocese of. The first monastery at Dunkeld (‘fort of the Celts’) may have been founded by St Columba. Kenneth I MacAlpin made it his capital jointly with Scone. The see was revived by Alexander I (1107–24), a devout son of the church, ruling jointly with his brother David I (1107–53), who may have founded the cathedral (1127) on the site of the monastery, but a new one was built between 1312 and 1464 in Norman and Gothic styles. It was drastically damaged at the Reformation and again after the battle of Killiecrankie (1689) when the Cameronians held out there against the Highlanders. Repairs were carried out in 1691, 1762, 1803, and a full restoration in 1908. The choir, now the Church of Scotland parish church, and ruined nave occupy an idyllic setting near the river Tay. The Anglican see was merged with St Andrews (1842).

Revd Dr William M. Marshall

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