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General view of tower

O 648

Description General view of tower

Date c. 1960

Collection Scottish National Buildings Record

Catalogue Number O 648

Category Photographs and Off-line Digital Images

Copies SC 793802

Scope and Content Bishop's Palace, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands This is a view of the tower of the Bishop's Palace from within the graveyard of St Magnus Cathedral. The tower, known as the 'Moosie Tooer', was built in 1550 by Bishop Robert Reid who carried out a lot of reconstruction. On the wall of the tower to the right is a panel which once bore the arms of Bishop Reid. There is a niche to the left of the panel, within which there is a sculpture of a man which probably dates to the 13th century. There is a bishop's mitre lying on the desk beside him. It is thought it might be a representation of Earl Rognvald Kolson, founder of St Magnus Cathedral. The Bishop's Palace is the oldest surviving example of domestic architecture in Kirkwall. It was begun in the 12th century, but was in ruins by 1320. It was reconstructed between 1541 and 1558. Alterations were made in 1600, but after 1614 it is likely the building was left to become a ruin. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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