Basic Site Details

Name: 'Buckie Cathedral', St Peter's RC Church and Presbytery
Town, district or village: Nether Buckie
City or county: Banffshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: N.B. Conflict of date regarding internal work in the church. Was it extecuted in 1907? Or perhaps simply planned at that time and carried out in 1911?

Banffshire Advertiser 26 October 1911:
'During the past month large scale alterations and renovations have taken place inside the R.C. church of St Peter’s. During this time services have been taking place in the St Andrew’s Hall, kindly granted by Miss Shee, Letterfourie, proprietor. Various tradesmen have been busy the while. The roof of the aisles had been covered by pitch pine by Mr Alex Forbes, Joiner; some time before now fine marble work has been added, being supplied by a Belgian firm, near Brussels, and work done by Messrs John Youdan and Co. Hope Street, Glasgow. The walls of the nave up to a height of 15 to 20 feet have been treated in marble and the walls at both sides of the altar and the four pilasters have been done in various marbles – the prevailing colours being arme alto, green arreange, bleu fleur and jasper. The gable wall of the baptistry has also been done in marble while part of the aisles has been done very nicely in red and green marble. In addition the whole building has been painted by R. Duncan and Son. The colour being old parchment while the roof between the fish-bone beams is done in white muresca. Messrs Nicol Bros. Cabinetmakers and Auctioneers, High Street, erected the scaffolding for painting and it reflects great credit on the workmen that it was all done in 4 weeks without a hitch or accident, considering that they were working at a height of 52 feet above the floor of the nave. The seats have also been painted while carved haffits have been supplied for the benches of the nave by Messrs Nicol Bros. Mason work was done by A. Milne and Son with the architect being, Charles Menal (sic), West George Street, Glasgow.
The first service on Sunday will be the first in the church which presents a very pretty appearance'

Gates designed by Hendry Dyce, 1957.

War memorial carved by Nicol Bros of Buckie

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Cathedral  
Item 2 of 2Church  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1St Andrews SquareYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 518511857  
Item 2 of 51851 Journal reference'RC Chapel and Presbytery'
Item 3 of 51907  Chancel, altar and baptistery
Item 4 of 51911 AdditionPulpit - later adapted into lectern
Item 5 of 5October 1911 Alteration/conversion'During the past month large scale alterations and additions' to interior


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 8(Right Reverend) James KyleArchitect 18511857 
Item 2 of 8A & W ReidArchitectural practiceA18511857With Rt Rev James Kyle
Item 3 of 8Alexander ReidArchitectA18511857With Rt Rev James Kyle
Item 4 of 8William ReidArchitectA18511857With Rt Rev James Kyle
Item 5 of 8Charles Jean Menart (or Ménart)Architect 1907 Chancel, altar and baptistery
Item 6 of 8Charles Jean Menart (or Ménart)ArchitectC1911 Further alterations?
Item 7 of 8George ScottCraftsmanJ1911 Pulpit - later adapted into lectern
Item 8 of 8Cameron MacdonaldArchitectB1922 War memorial (carved by Nicol Bros of Buckie)


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Hay, George1957The Architecture of Scottish Post-Reformation Churches 1560-1843 Oxford: Clarendon Press 
Item 2 of 2Walker, David W and Woodworth, Matthew2015The Buildings of Scotland: Aberdeenshire North and Moray Yale University Presspp434, 487-8

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Banffshire Advertiser31 October 1907   
Item 2 of 4Banffshire Advertiser26 October 1911   
Item 3 of 4Elgin Courant13 September 1850   
Item 4 of 4Inverness Courier9 January 1851   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register22720