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St Mary’s Church, Dalkeith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

St Mary’s Church, Dalkeith width= St Mary’s Church, Dalkeith, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin, was designed by architects David Bryce and William Burn, built in 1843 and consecrated in 1845. It was a private family chapel for Walter Douglas Scott, the fifth Duke of Buccleuch.  His remains and several family members lie in a crypt below. The church remained a family chapel until 1915

St Mary’s is a fine example of English university chapel style architecture. It is lofty, with an elegant double hammer-beam roof with fan vaulting in the chancel. Worthy of particular note are the windows of the east and west ends. The mosaic glass of the west Wheel (or Rose) window, and the New Testament scenes in Gothic frames in the three east windows, were designed and executed in France in 1845 for Ward and Nixon of London.

An impressive Hamilton of Edinburgh organ, installed in 1846, situated at the west end, is a spendid example of a hydraulically blown organ, the only currently working Hamilton water powered organ in Scotland. The main door has splendid ironwork.

The church aslo has a unique mains-water powered organ and a bell-ringing mechanism, the organ which has been discribed for having a soft tone was built in Edinburgh and installed after built in a case designed by David Bryce in 1846. It has brightly coloured tiles and very beautiful stained glass windows.

 

 

 

 

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