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View from West. Taken from 'The Life of David Roberts by James Ballantine MDCCCLXVI'.

SC 369417

Description View from West. Taken from 'The Life of David Roberts by James Ballantine MDCCCLXVI'.

Catalogue Number SC 369417

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of FID 147/37

Scope and Content 1831 etching of west end of St Andrew's Cathedral Church, St Andrews, Fife St Andrew's Cathedral Church and Augustinian priory were begun by Bishop Arnold and King Malcolm IV in 1160 or 1161 and, being constructed on a scale unrivalled anywhere in Britain except at Norwich, took at least half a century to complete. This etching by D Roberts shows the west end of the church. This was rebuilt in the 1270s after a tempest. The now-ruined structure would have been symmetrical. Disasters suffered by St Andrews Cathedral include: 1270s - a storm demolishing its west end; 1304 - Edward I stripping the lead for his war-effort; around the mid 14th-century - a serious fire; and in 1409 - a storm destroying the south transept's gable. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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