is the larger of the two Church of Scotland parish churches
, near the city of Stirling
, in central Scotland
The Cathedral was once the seat of the bishops of Dunblane
(also sometimes called 'of Strathearn
'), until the abolition of bishops
after the Scottish Reformation
. There are remains of the vaults of the episcopal palace to the south of the cathedral. Technically, it is no longer a cathedral
, as there are no bishops in the Church of Scotland, which is a Presbyterian
, the last Catholic bishop of Dunblane in 1561, later became bishop of Vaison
It contains the graves of Margaret Drummond
, a mistress of King James IV of Scotland
and her two sisters, all said to have been poisoned.
Unusually, the building is owned by the Crown
, and is looked after by Historic Scotland
(no entrance charge).
The building is largely 13th century in date, though it incorporates an originally free-standing bell-tower of 11th century date on its south side. This tower was increased in height in the 15th century, a change clearly visible in the colour of the stonework, and in the late gothic style of the upper storey's windows.
The choir is unaisled, but has a long vaulted chamber which served as chapter house and sacristy on its north side. The choir contains the mural tomb of the Cathedral's founder, Bishop Clement. Many of the 15th century choir stalls, which have carved misericords
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