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St Mary’s is part of the Scottish Episcopal Church and is situated a few miles outside Edinburgh in the grounds of the Dalmahoy House, now the Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club.

St Mary's Dalmahoy was established by the then residents of Dalmahoy House, Lord and Lady Aberdour, in 1850. Land was granted by  George Sholto Douglas, the 17th Earl of Morton, for a church and a burial ground, as well as for a rectory, a schoolroom, a schoolmaster's house and a choir house. The church was designed by the architect John Henderson, and consecrated at a service led by the Bishop of Edinburgh on 24 September 1850. Although standing on the private Dalmahoy Estate, the church was, from the beginning, intended to be part of the wider Episcopal Church in Scotland and used for public worship. In contrast, the burial ground, initially at least, was for family use only.

To understand why the Douglas family built St Mary's you need look no further than an account of the (Church of Scotland) Ratho Parish written in 1845. This noted that 17 Episcopalians lived in the parish, most of whom were members of the family of the Earl of Morton. Two of the Earl's five sons entered the Anglican priesthood, one of whom, Arthur, became the Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney in 1883. St Mary's was therefore built to allow the Douglas family, and other Episcopalians in the area, to worship according to their conscience.


Rt. Rev. the Hon. Arthur Gascoigne Douglas was a participant in the consecration of St Mary's Church, Dalmahoy in 1850, where he was subsequently buried in 1905


See also:
St Mary's cemetery where many Douglas gravestones can be seen.



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