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Dunkeld, which lies about 15 miles north of Perth on the River Tay, emerged as a centre of Christianity during the 7th Century, when Saint Columba came over from Iona, and much work was carried out by his successors. In the 9th Century, Kenneth MacAlpin, the first King of Scots, made Dunkeld head of the Celtic Church and capital of the newly-formed nation created by the union of the Scots and the Picts. The Church grew in power and wealth and this Cathedral, started in 1325, was extremely important in ecclesiastical terms until the Reformation in the 16th Century, when it was destroyed. The Choir of the Cathedral was re-roofed in 1600 to serve as the parish church, and there was relative peace until 1689, when there was a short, but extremely violent Battle between the Jacobites and the Cameronians (a newly-raised regiment supporting William of Orange) and most of the town of Dunkeld was burned to the ground.

I have shown you a view of the east end of this church before. Here is a different view, this time of the south wall of the original choir which now forms the present day church. The nave of the original cathedral lies behind it in the distance to the west and remains a ruin.

I shall attempt to show a picture or two of the interior of the church later. Unfortunately, at the moment, access is not allowed to the interior of the ruined part as the masonry is dangerous.

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