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St Magnus Cathedral Recognised as One of Europe's Best

  • Submitted by: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats.
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 28 October 2021
  • Motion reference: S6M-01779

That the Parliament recognises that St Magnus Cathedral, in Kirkwall, Orkney, has been named as one of Europe’s Best 100 Cathedrals; notes that the Cathedral was founded in 1137 by the Viking, Earl Rognvald, in honour of his uncle St Magnus, who was martyred in Orkney; understands that it is known as the "Light in the North" as it is the most northerly Cathedral in the UK and the only surviving wholly-medieval cathedral in Scotland; acknowledges that St Magnus Cathedral is one of 15 cathedrals in the UK to be selected for the list, which was prepared by respected church historian, Simon Jenkins, alongside the likes of Canterbury, St Paul’s, Westminster Abbey and York Minster; commends the Society of the Friends of St Magnus Cathedral for their more than 60 years of dedicated preservation of the Cathedral, and thanks Cathedral custodian and visitor services officer, Fran Flett Hollinrake, and Cathedral Minister, Reverend Fraser Macnaughton, in particular, for their work and contribution to the Cathedral as well as the wider local community.

Supported by: Karen Adam, Ariane Burgess, Alexander Burnett, Stephanie Callaghan, Donald Cameron, Finlay Carson, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Sharon Dowey, Jackie Dunbar, Murdo Fraser, Meghan Gallacher, Stephen Kerr, Bill Kidd, Douglas Lumsden, Stuart McMillan, Emma Roddick, Douglas Ross, Paul Sweeney, Beatrice Wishart