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Elgin Cathedral

Elgin Cathedral

Of this magnificent Grecian style temple the two square towers alone are left standing, each eighty-four feet in height, but which were formerly terminated by lofty spires. The large intermediate door-way, and part of the great window above, are entire. The body of the cathedral measured two hundred and eighty-two, by eighty-six feet, over the walls: the transept was one hundred and fifteen feet in length ; while, in the centre of the whole, a superb tower, supported on massive pillars, rose to the height of two hundred feet.-But it is not necessary here to enter into a minute detail of its admirable proportions and elaborate workmanship, the latter of which is not surpassed by that of any existing edifice in the kingdom. The whole was surrounded by a wall of nearly a thousand yards in circuit, with entrances by four different gates. The resident officials consisted of a dean, a chancellor, archdeacon, chanter, treasurer, and twenty-four canons, each of whom had a house and garden within the precincts. This magnificent pile was founded in July, 1221, by Bishop Andrew Moray, and completed afterwards, through the exertions of several popes, who directed collections to be made for that purpose in various parts of Europe, and sent artisans and architects from Rome to forward and superintend the execution of the work. The scene represented in the engraving, is that of its destruction in 1390, by the ferocious " Wolf of Badenoch"-son of King Robert II., who, having been excommunicated for some heinous outrage by the bishop of Moray, assembled a tumultuary army of Highland vassals, and burned this stately pile, " without," says Scott, " incurring punishment, or even censure, from his feeble-minded sovereign, for an act which combined the glaring crimes of rebellion and sacrilege."

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