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Architecture Notes

Event ID 842675

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Architecture Notes


Non-Guardship Sites Plan Collection, DC28541- DC28553, 1828, 1847, 1924 & 1954.


National Library of Scotland:

'Uncatalogued MSS of General Hutton" Nos 177, 178 - West View in pencil sketch on interior plan in pencil, 1818

Scottish Record Office:

Papers relating to ownership of cathedral and adjacent ground (2 items; see also E.341/23):

1. Report on proposal to erect new school adjoining transept of cathedral, on ground supposed

to belong to crown, 26 June 1818.

2. Reasons for rejection by magistates and council of Kirkwall of lease of part of Brandyquoy on

condition of renunciation of their rights in cathedral, 9 June 1819, with annotations by A(lexander) P(eterkin).


Letters and papers relating to alterations and repairs (12 items), including:

1. Copy of petition to presbytery by Alexander Peterkin, sheriff substitute, and others for erection

of parish church in place of cathedral, which is 'altogether unfit to be occupied as a place of worship',

5 Feb 1823.

2-3. Letters from J.A. Maconochie (sheriff depute) to Francis Wilson, WS, referring to local resentment

against Peterkin, 14-19 April 1823.

4. Letter from John Dunn, Kirkwall, (to Peterkin) referring to erection of house on foundations of

'old castle' and to effects of fixing memorial tablets to pillars in cathedral, 20 Sept 1824.

5. Petition by trustees of Gilbert Meason's mortification for grant towards re-seating choir, 3 Apr 1826.

7. Copy of correspondence about insertion of lath and plaster partitions in arches of choir, 3 Apr 1826.

10. Report by Robert Reid on unsuitability of cathedral as parish church and repairs needed there, 26 Nov 1828.

11. Letters from Reid, with copy of his correspondence with William Matheson, land surveyor, Kirkwall, about

plans and drawings of the cathedral, 6 Dec 1828.


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