Elgin Cathedral; Choir
Photographer: Wilson, George Washington (1823-1893)
Medium: Photographic print
“This fine cathedral, like nearly all in Scotland, fell, not by time, but by the fierce and bigoted spirit in which the reformation was introduced. In 1568, the privy council authorised the Earl of Huntley, the sheriff of Aberdeen, to strip the cathedral churches of Aberdeen and Elgin of their lead, and to sell it…The cathedral of Elgin, thus exposed to the elements, went gradually to decay, and in 1711 the great central tower fell…The spirit of Genevan austerity, which came over with John Knox, allowed no revival of papal grandeur, but inaugurated a class of houses of devotion of a more rigid simplicity.”
Excerpt from “Elgin Cathedral”, in ‘Ruined Abbeys and Castles of Great Britain’ by William and Mary Howitt.