The history of St Andrew’s Cathedral dates back to the arrival of Christian Missionaries to Scotland in the late 6th century. St Maluag, the contemporary of the more famous Scottish saint, St Columba, arrived in Argyll and advanced up to Dufftown, preaching the gospel of Christ and calling people to repentance. The present Diocese of Aberdeen claims its beginnings to the work of St Maluag.
However, its historic beginnings are set mostly in the house of a 17th century priest, John Skinner, who pitched his tent between the merchant quarters of Aberdeen, ascending from the harbor and the slums of the Castlegate. His dwelling and a dwelling place of God who called him to a particular task became St Andrew’s Chapel. In 1784, St Andrew’s played a role in the birth of the Anglican Communion in the consecration of the first bishop of the Episcopal Church in the USA.
In 1817 the present building was completed to serve the city of Aberdeen. St Andrew’s Episcopal Church on King Street was an handsome Victorian edifice built by the architect son of the city, Archibald Simpson. The Congregation remained faithful to its call to be a house of prayer for all people
The Aberdeen city congregation of St Andrew was called to a new role in the diocese in 1914. It was extended and redesigned by the Aberdeen born Episcopalian architect, Ninian Comper, and dedicated as the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney.
St Andrew’s Cathedral has a reputation for the best Choral Worship in the north of Scotland. Choral tradition of Aberdeen city dates back to the Song School of Aberdeen which the present congregation seeks to reestablish.
The Cathedral was full at our Easter celebrations on Sunday the 27th of March 2016. It is a place of sanctuary in the demands of contemporary timeless life. Come and find your ‘cathedra’ your real seat of power where you will find your true self and in it your joy and peace.