Elgin, often reffered to as the "Lantern of the North". Elgin Cathedral is an impressive ruined cathedral. Many features provide evidence that this was a hub for everyday church life during medieval times.
During the early 13th century Elgin was the home of the Bishops of Moray, who previously resided at Spynie which is North of Elgin.
The Bishop was allowed to relocate his domain to Elgin in 1224, and much can be traced back to that time. In 1270 fire ravaged the Cathedral and the octagonal chapter house had to be rebuilt soon after. The Cathedral escaped unscathed by the wars of independence, but suffered terribly in an attack by the son of the earl of Buchan and a gang who sacked the Cathedral, fire damaged much of it.
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