ST MARGARETS CHURCH
Dated 1834. Architect Rt. Rev. James Kyle
A Listed Building
CATHOLIC CHURCH HUNTLY
In the year 1834 this Church was erected, and was opened with great solemnity on
Sunday the thirty first of August, 1834.
The Church was dedicated to Saint Margaret Queen and Patroness of Scotland.
The Catholic Directory for 1835
The spire terminates in a crown surmounted by a cross. It is nearly eighty feet high.
In this spire is a very fine toned bell which was purchased by subscription. Nor is it
here out of place to remark that this is the first Chapel in Scotland since the
Reformation to have such.
The Chapel is seated for 400 persons. The side walls are 27
feet high and the light is introduced by six semi-circular windows.
In the Chapel.there is an organ and an elegant recess for the altar which along with
the dome have been greatly admired.
As yet there is no altar piece, but a handsome painting is daily expected from Spain.
presented from the generous family who furnished the means of erecting this beautiful
The Altar and Painting by Romero
(@ Graham Webster Photographic)
Father Charles MacDonald, the parish priest from 1894 to 1908, redecorated the Church,
the interior of which has remained the same until the recent restoration.
Canon Mc William, who came to the parish in 1977, first
set himself the task of repairing the external fabric, particularly the bell tower, which
was in a dangerous condition. For this, some help was forthcoming from the National
Heritage Trust, but the bulk of the financial burden was carried by the parish.
In 1990 an outbreak of dry rot was discovered in the beams, and throughout the
building. For a full year the Church was closed. During this time the firm "Doric
Construction Company" of Aberdeen, first gutted, and then completely restored the
For the plasterwork they carried out within the restoration, they received the
"Plasterers Trophy" for 1990.
This is awarded for the finest work done in the United Kingdom in that year. A grant
for the restoration work was received
from the Scottish Heritage Trust.
In 1993, Saint Margarets Church, Huntly celebrated the 900th Anniversary of
Saint Margaret of Scotland.
News Letter of March 2001