St Machar’s Cathedral, Aberdeen

I posted the tonal study for this painting a few days ago, this is the finished pen & watercolour.

The Cathedral Church of St Machar is located to the north of Aberdeen city centre, in the former burgh of Old Aberdeen.

The Celtic Saint, St Machar was a disciple of St Columba and St Machar’s Cathedral is named in his honour. It became a Cathedral in the 1130s when the seat of the Bishop was transferred to Old Aberdeen. However, with the reformation of 1560 it lost its status as a cathedral, its treasures were taken and its land sold. It has not been the seat of a Bishop since 1690. 

So, St Machar’s is now a cathedral by name only, “The Cathedral Church of St Machar”, a reminder of the conflicts which led to the civil wars that engulfed Scotland, England and Ireland in the 17th century.

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